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Posted by on May 31, 2017

Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre developing an online public health training program 

Front-line child and youth service providers will receive a trauma-informed training program to enhance foundational understanding of the impacts of child abuse and maltreatment

 

Calgary, Alta— The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre is proud to announce the development of an online training program thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

We are addressing the serious nature of family violence, child abuse and maltreatment by developing an online training program that offers foundational learning for front-line child and youth service providers.

 

Family violence is a serious public health issue with long-term consequences. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre assesses an average of 125 new cases of child maltreatment a month in Calgary alone. Since opening in April of 2013, the Child Advocacy Centre has built a foundation that supports a best practice model delivering comprehensive, collaborative and integrated services to the most complex child maltreatment cases.

 

By developing, piloting and evaluating an online interactive tool, the training will offer front-line service providers that are working directly with children, youth and families the opportunity to be better informed about childhood maltreatment, it’s impact, and how they can provide improved support for those impacted by violence and abuse.

 

At the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, we are taking a lead to ensure that when children, youth and families walk through our door, our integrated team of professionals carefully review each case through a trauma-informed lens. With foundational learning and a stronger understanding of the impacts of abuse, service providers can more effectively provide support for children, youth and families impacted by childhood maltreatment.

 

“There is currently a gap in the level of foundational learning and understanding of childhood maltreatment issues for many front-line service providers. With the development of an online training program, we are taking the initiative to increase awareness and inform best practices for front line service providers so we can better support all children, youth and families impacted by abuse and maltreatment.”

-       Det. Brenda Neis, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy

 

“Family violence is a serious issue that can have lasting effects on both the physical and mental health of those affected by it. This important work by the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre will assist service providers in being better prepared to help children and youth who have experienced abuse."

  -       The Honorable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health

 

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