About Us

The future of child protection depends on
forward-thinking organizations, ready to solve
the world’s most challenging problems.

This requires urgent action, innovation and determination. In 2016-17, the Canadian Centre
for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) challenged the status quo through first-of-its-kind
research and reports, ground-breaking technology and key partnerships, making
a global impact on the protection of children and support of survivors of abuse.

The Canadian Centre Unleashes Project Arachnid

The beginning of 2017 marked a milestone in the Canadian Centre’s fight against child exploitation with the official launch of Project Arachnid, an innovative tool to combat the growing proliferation of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet and break the cycle of abuse. Known to be the first of its kind in the world, Project Arachnid’s web crawlers utilize photo DNA to detect child sexual abuse images and videos at a speed exponentially faster than current methods. All the technology was created in house by the Canadian Centre’s technical team.

International Survivors’ Survey and Summit

The Canadian Centre conducted the first-of-its-kind International Survivors’ Survey, a firsthand account from survivors of recorded and distributed child sexual abuse from around the world. The Canadian Centre hosted a two-day Survivors’ Survey Summit in Ottawa with an incredible international working group of experts. Canadian leaders from legal, medical, therapy, law enforcement and child advocacy fields were also invited to broaden insight into what was heard from survivors.

For more information on the survey and its results visit protectchildren.ca/survivors_survey.

Working to Protect Children at Winnipeg Civic Facilities

After a year of collaboration, the Canadian Centre and the City of Winnipeg launched a joint initiative to better protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation in civic run facilities, such as pools, libraries and recreation centres. The City of Winnipeg has become the first jurisdiction in Canada with an increased focus on preventing child sexual victimization in public facilities.

Preliminary Findings from Abducted then Murdered Children: A Canadian Study

May 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of Canada participating in International Missing Children’s Day with the release of the preliminary results of Abducted then Murdered Children: A Canadian Study. The purpose of the study, which is the first of its kind in Canada, was to better understand the demographics of children who were abducted and subsequently murdered and to gain insights into the techniques and histories of the offenders. The objective is to help identify additional prevention and intervention strategies in the area of abducted and murdered children.

Social Value Reports

For more detailed information about Canadian Centre initiatives from previous fiscal years, click the Social Value Report links below.