Innovative Centre offers wrap-around support services for child victims
CALGARY, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - When children and families impacted by
abuse make the brave decision to come forward, a new centre offers
help, hope, and healing in one safe location.
The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, recently renamed by Prime
Minister Stephen Harper in honour of the former NHL hockey player and
child advocate, offers a child-focused model of care—bringing together
police, social workers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and
"We know child abuse is a problem. We know it's a problem right in our
own backyard," said Sheldon Kennedy. "And it's time to shine a light on
the issue—and come together to address child abuse together as a
Corporate and community partners together with the Centre's founding
organizations and three levels of government have committed more than
$8 million to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. This support
is paving the way for Police, Child & Family Services, Alberta Health
and Crown Prosecution to support kids under one roof.
"The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre represents a significant step
forward in supporting victims of abuse and their families in Calgary,"
said Alberta Human Services Minister Dave Hancock. "The Centre's
leadership—on information sharing, collaboration, compassion, and
putting children first—is entirely consistent with the values of
Alberta's Social Policy Framework and I thank everyone who played a
part in bringing this most important initiative forward."
From forensic interviewing and medical examinations to mental health
services, victim advocacy, and support through the courts—the Centre
delivers wrap-around services to victims of abuse and their families.
This one stop approach reduces the number of interviews required by
child victims. By working together the four partner organizations aim
to expedite and strengthen prosecutorial outcomes and support children
as they move toward healthy futures.
A detailed backgrounder is available online at sheldonkennedycac.ca/news-releases.
SOURCE: Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
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