A Symposium on Integrated Practice: Connecting the Dots on Childhood Trauma

Posted by on June 16, 2016

 The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre hosts symposium on Integrated Practice to address child abuse and neglect


Calgary, AB – June 16, 2016 the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) will bring together child advocates from across Alberta to accelerate a new model of working together across sectors, improving how child abuse is understood, assessed, investigated, and treated.

Together with the Government of Alberta and partners across the province, we are ensuring that all children and families impacted by abuse have equitable access to wrap-around and specialized services.

The symposium will take place at Ross Glen Hall, Mount Royal University. The day will begin with the government’s announcement of their investment of over $1.7 Million to support Family and Community Safety Programs across Alberta.

“We owe it to the children and youth who have survived the trauma of this terrible crime.”
               - Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

The partnership with the Alberta Government will strengthen the work of Child Advocacy Centres, police services and other community groups to provide children, youth and families with the services they need to heal from trauma and reduce its intergenerational effects.

“I applaud Minister Sabir for his leadership in making child abuse a top priority in Alberta. By investing in prevention and early intervention we truly have the opportunity to turn the lives of our young people and their families around in a timely and efficient manner. The Child Advocacy Centre model, based on proven cross-ministry collaboration, also ensures that negative downstream impacts, both human and economic, are reduced.”
              - Sheldon Kennedy, International Child Advocate

Continuing Sheldon Kennedy’s commitment to change how we respond collectively to child abuse in our communities, province and country; the symposium brings forward conversations on the Science, Business, Media, Culture, Wellness, Practice and the voices of Youth to examine the many components of which make up ‘true integrated practice.’ The SKCAC frontline staff will walk through a case example demonstrating true integrated practice in action at the Child Advocacy Centre.

A heartfelt performance from country legend and TV Host, Beverly Mahood brings the impact of child abuse to the forefront for those in attendance. Another special guest joining us on the day is Catriona Lemay Doan, 2x Olympic Champion Speed Skater and Senior Director of Community Engagement and Marketing of Sport Calgary with an inspiring key note presentation.

Media inquiries
Jessica Campbell
Communications Coordinator, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre

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