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Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre to receive federal funding to support forensic interviewing practices

Posted by on July 30, 2015

CALGARY – Today, during a visit to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay announced funding support of $160,000 over two fiscal years.  This financial support will allow the Centre to continue to develop leading practices and standards in the area of child abuse investigation by hiring and training one individual in the specialized area of child abuse forensic interviewing.  With this funding, the Centre will build capacity and provide support and expertise to rural and First Nations communities in southern Alberta.  This model will ensure that interviews being conducted for child abuse are developmentally appropriate, legally sound and less traumatizing for children and support staff regardless of their geographic location.

 

 “We are grateful to the Department of Justice Canada for recognizing the need to build capacity in rural areas of Southern Alberta, so that children in those areas impacted by child abuse will have the same access to specialized services that are provided at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre,” says Bonnie Johnston, CEO.  “This funding will also provide an opportunity to continue to develop leading practices in forensic interviewing with our partners at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.

 

The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre is setting a new standard for how current systems respond to the issue of child abuse, and to abused children and their families in Calgary and surrounding communities.  By bringing together more than 105 professionals, as well as government and corporate and community champions, we are able to address Southern Alberta’s most severe and complex cases of child physical and sexual abuse.  Since the Centre opened its doors in April 2013, we have assessed 3,013 victims of child abuse – 121 per month.

 

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Please visit sheldonkennedycac.ca for additional information about the Centre.

Follow us on Twitter @SKCAC and Facebook at facebook.com/SheldonKennedyChildAdvocacy Centre

 

 

For more information please contact:

Mary Ann Steen, Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Partnerships

Tel:  403.462.0036 or Email:  masteen@sheldonkennedycac.ca

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