The City of Winnipeg is working on an initiative to enhance the protection and personal safety of children at City of Winnipeg aquatic, leisure and library facilities. With support from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre), the City of Winnipeg’s Community Services Department is developing a multi-phased plan to examine and enhance safety protocols, reporting procedures and staff training at city-run facilities to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Through the operation of Cybertip.ca – Canada’s national tipline for reporting the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children – the Canadian Centre intersects daily with the reality that individuals who want to harm children will continue to find new tactics to use to exploit them.
By taking the proactive steps to create protective environments for children, the City of Winnipeg is leading the country, becoming the first urban municipality in Canada to work with the Canadian Centre on enhancing measures to prevent child sexual victimization in public facilities.
The first phase of the plan rolled out in summer 2016, with the enhancement of aquatic processes and procedures and tailored Commit to Kids training from the Canadian Centre for front-line staff, in addition to a public awareness campaign developed for facility patrons. Future phases involving leisure and recreation centres and libraries are expected over the next year.
Notify facility staff of unusual behaviour
Practice the 5 Safety Habits for Life with your children
Contact us for more information or to find out how you can better protect children in child-serving organizations and facilities!