TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Leading into provincial Child Abuse
Prevention Month, the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre at Boost (CYAC at Boost), Toronto's
first such centre for abuse victims, has officially opened its doors
after much hard work and collaboration between eight community partner
"The goal of the CYAC at Boost is to ensure that children, youth and families who have experienced
abuse receive the very best child-focused investigation, treatment,
support services, and advocacy under one roof," says Karyn Kennedy, the Executive Director for Boost Child Abuse
Prevention & Intervention (Boost). The CYAC at Boost is a true
partnership between the community, private and public sectors. All
eight partner agencies (listed below) have committed staff and
resources to planning and implementation; Justice Canada is providing
multi-year funding to the CYAC through its Policy Centre for Victims of
Crime; the provincial Ministry of Children & Youth Services has
provided capital funding; the Toronto Police Service has provided
funding with grants from the Government of Ontario, and the concept has
received significant donations from two Toronto family foundations.
Through partnerships and government funding, Boost was able to expand in
order to house investigation, protection and advocacy services to be
complemented by well-established programs that support victims of
abuse. All of these services under one roof form the CYAC at Boost.
"The four child welfare agencies in Toronto collectively investigate
over 11,000 reports of child abuse and neglect annually," says David
Rivard, Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Aid Society of
Toronto. "Having an innovative child and family focused facility like
the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre that supports our entire community is
a model of practice that is long overdue," Rivard added.
The objective of the CYAC at Boost is to replace the city's fragmented
system of investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases
with a collaborative, real-time system in one location. The driving
vision for the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre at Boost is a belief that
all children have the right to a safe, nurturing environment, one in
which they are able to grow and reach their full potential, free from
violence, abuse and neglect.
The CYAC at Boost will offer seamless, coordinated service to all
children and youth who report physical or sexual abuse in a
comfortable, friendly setting. It will provide a new service, an
'Advocate', to help guide the child or youth and their family through
the process; bring together dedicated and skilled police and child
protection investigators in one location to conduct child abuse
investigations. It will link investigative services with crisis
support, specialized assessment and treatment, and court preparation.
This eliminates the need for the child or youth to go to numerous
locations. It also raises awareness of child abuse in the City of
Toronto in an effort to reduce victimization of children and youth.
"The CYAC will be a centre of excellence, providing a leading-edge
response that will set the benchmark for child abuse investigations and
interventions." says Police Chief William Blair. The centre will be the
largest in Canada in terms of investigations and services offered.
By drawing upon interdisciplinary expertise and on-going collaboration
with the Child Welfare Institute, the centre will also conduct
innovative research that will allow for the evaluation and
implementation of best practice standards and
evidence-based/evidence-informed multidisciplinary practices programs
and services. The CYAC at Boost currently provides services to families
in central Toronto and part of North York. Eventually it will provide
these same services across the entire city. It will be a model for the
province, providing multidisciplinary training and consultation to
similar centres in Ontario and across the country.
Eight community partners have worked together to make the CYAC possible
Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention
Children's Aid Society of Toronto
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
Jewish Family & Child
Native Child & Family Services of Toronto
Toronto Police Service
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Boost is an agency with an outstanding 32-year history of child abuse
prevention and intervention. Boost is a community-based agency
committed to eliminating abuse and violence of children, youth and
their families. The centre is a registered charity and provides
programs and services to children, youth and their families. www.boostforkids.org. https://www.facebook.com/BoostforKids @boostforkids
ABOUT THE CYAC AT BOOST:
The Child & Youth Advocacy Centre at Boost is a creative community
response to child abuse investigations. It's a partnership among local
community and government agencies that brings together all
professionals involved in child abuse cases to one location. The CYAC
at Boost is child-friendly, accessible and safe for children who are
victims and their families.
SOURCE: CYAC at Boost
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