March 31, 2011
For Immediate Release
Canadian Centre for Child Protection helping reduce the risk of child sexual abuse through the free distribution of Commit to Kids programs to another 500 organizations
WINNIPEG, MB: Another 500 child-serving organizations have received a free copy of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection's Commit to Kids child sexual abuse prevention program, thanks to funding support received through Justice Canada's Victims Fund. This brings the total distribution of free programs to more than 11,000 organizations in the past year.
"This program is the first of its kind in Canada, and it has the potential to significantly increase the safety of our children by reducing their risk of victimization," said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "While we've already been able to reach 11,000 organizations, that's just a fraction of child-serving organizations in Canada that could benefit from the program. It's exciting to think of the impact this program could have if every child-serving organization used it."
The Commit to Kids program is designed to help organizations reduce the likelihood that an offender will successfully gain access to and sexually abuse a child in their care. Easy to use and adaptable for organizations of any size, the program provides a comprehensive risk-management approach that goes far beyond criminal record checks and child abuse registry checks.
"The majority of adults who work with children do not harm them. Most environments are safe and provide fun experiences. However, there are individuals who will abuse their position of trust and offend against children," said McDonald. "The Commit to Kids program will help organizations manage the risk and establish guidelines and protocols to protect the children in their care."
The free distribution of the Commit to Kids program to more than 11,000 Canadian organizations was made possible through financial support from Public Safety Canada, Justice Canada and the Manitoba government. For more information on the program, parents and child-serving organizations are encouraged to visit commit2kids.ca. Parents can download a free copy of an informational card that provides three steps to help them select a child-safe organization. Organizations can download a free copy of the program overview guide and access a coupon to receive $25 off the purchase cost of the program. (Coupon offer valid until April 29, 2011.)
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