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What is a
Child Advocacy Centre?

Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) are child-focused centres that provide a trauma-informed, coordinated approach to investigation, intervention, treatment & prosecution in child abuse cases.

CACs minimize the impact of child abuse on the victim & the family by:

  • Reducing the number of times the child/youth victim has to repeat their experience of abuse
  • Providing a faster & more streamlined investigation process
  • Increasing timely access to support & therapeutic resources for child/youth victims & their families
  • Providing long-term support & follow-up for the child/youth and their family

CACs provide a leading practice in joint investigation intended to serve the developmental & emotional needs of young victims through the dovetailing of investigation & criminal justice while providing follow-up mental health needs.

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of alleged perpetrators are known to their child victims.

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of sexual abuse cases involved girls & 31% involved boys.

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of physical abuse cases involved boys & 40% involved girls.

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of physical abuse cases resulted from inappropriate punishment.

Our History

Video Credits: Niagara Regional Police Service Deputy Chief Brett Flynn, Jon Ohlman Video Producer, and his team the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance.

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Good nutrition and a balanced diet help kids grow up healthy!⠀ ⠀ With March being National Nutrition Month, what better time to involve your children in the kitchen. Here are a few things to remember when you're cooking with kids:⠀ ⠀ 1. Think in stages.⠀ 2. Encourage creativity.⠀ 3. Practice good habits.⠀ 4. Make it educational.⠀ ⠀ This past year has been difficult for many families. If you or someone you know are facing food insecurities, visit the link in our bio and click 'Niagara Food Banks' for a list of local resources. ...

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People commit acts of heroism each and every day.⠀ ⠀ Amazing Race Niagara is your chance to create your own team of Heroes while having a blast! Register a team today and help make a difference in the lives of Niagara’s children and youth impacted by child abuse.⠀ ⠀ Visit the link in our bio to register! ...

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Talking about abuse can be difficult and complicated, but it's important that we do talk about it. Here are a few things you can do if you suspect abuse:⠀ ⠀ 💬 Ask open-ended questions and don't make assumptions. For example, "I wonder how you’re feeling right now? I see that you aren’t playing with your friends as much as you used to."⠀ 💬 Be careful, but be willing to talk. Watch for sayings like "I don't want to go home" or "Nobody loves me"⠀ 💬 No sure signs of abuse. Children may be withdrawn or restless.⠀ 💬 Watch for behaviour or comments that are overly sexualized or violent. ⠀ ⠀ If you suspect that a child is being abused, please contact Family and Children's Services Niagara at 905-937-7731, Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 or 911 if a child is in imminent danger. ...

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Child abuse is a sad reality that can happen in any family, community or neighbourhood. It is your responsibility to report abuse if it is suspected and especially if it is disclosed.⠀ ⠀ 👂 Listen to their story⠀ ✍️ Write down the facts⠀ ☎️ Report immediately⠀ ⠀ If abuse is suspected, you can call:⠀ 🔸 Family and Children's Services Niagara at 905-937-7731⠀ 🔸 Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111⠀ 🔸 911 if a child is in imminent danger ...

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Keeping children and youth safe is everybody's responsibility!⠀ ⠀ If you suspect that a child is being abused, please contact Family and Children's Services Niagara at 905-937-7731, Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 or 911 if a child is in imminent danger.⠀ ⠀ Share and save this message so that everyone has the necessary information in order to report abuse. ...

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At-home fun for the whole family with the click of a button! 💻⠀ ⠀ Visit the @museumofnature, @nac.cna, @natgallerycan, and so much more, right from the comfort of your home! ⠀ ⠀ For a list of exciting and interactive virtual activities, visit the link in our bio and click "Virtual Family Fun". ...

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We welcome all backyard builders, hobby woodworkers or DIY enthusiasts who would like to create a custom, one-of-a-kind item, built by you, to be donated to our Spring Build 4 the Future online Auction in support of Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.⠀ ⠀ Contact us today to find out how to enter as a builder participant! ...

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The truth is, we are better together! 💞⠀ ⠀ Thank you to all our supporters for showing us love all year round. We're so grateful for each and everyone one of you.⠀ ⠀ Happy Valentine's Day, from our team to you. ...

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Registration NOW OPEN for Amazing Race Niagara 2021!⠀ ⠀ The event that you have been waiting for is happening on Sunday September 12, 2021. Register your team of four today by clicking the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ “We can be heroes just for one day” and let children & youth in Niagara impacted by abuse know we care! ...

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Helping Niagara's children and families cope with the life altering impacts of child abuse since 2008 🤲⠀ ⠀ We provide a safe and private place for children and youth to talk about their experience of abuse to specially-trained teams from the Niagara Regional Police Service and Family and Children’s Services Niagara. These partners investigate to determine if criminal charges and protection needs are required. Mental health professionals from Family Counselling Centre Niagara provide follow-up counselling support at no cost and without a wait list.⠀ ⠀ Learn more about the investigation process by visiting our website.⠀ ⠀ If you suspect that a child is being abused, please contact Family and Children's Services Niagara at 905-937-7731, Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 or 911 if a child is in imminent danger. ...

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Do you have a knack for building backyard accent pieces like bird houses, garden planters or custom one-of-a-kind items built by you, that are the envy of your neighbours and friends?⠀ ⠀ We are looking for planter boxes, garden accents, bird houses, dog houses, and small storage sheds or cabinets to be donated to our spring Build 4 The Future Online Auction.⠀ ⠀ We will promote your craft and your skills to create awareness of your work! ...

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❔FAQ ❔ Other people with knowledge, such as a non-offending parent or care giver, will be interviewed. The team decides on this. No alleged perpetrator interviews take place at the Centre. ⠀ ⠀ Learn more about the Centre and this structured process by visiting our website - link in bio. ...

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Amazing Race Niagara fans – SAVE THE DATE – Amazing Race Niagara 2021 is celebrating its 7th year!⠀ ⠀ Join us Sunday, September 12th for a car rally, scavenger hunt & team competition in support of children & youth in Niagara who have experienced abuse.⠀ ⠀ Stay tuned, registration opens soon! ...

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Do you enjoy building things and have time on your hands with being at home during COVID-19? Do you want to share your craft and creativity to support Niagara’s children & youth who have experienced child abuse?⠀ ⠀ We are looking for your custom masterpieces, built by you, to include in our Build 4 The Future Online Auction. All proceeds benefit children & youth impacted by child abuse. ...

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Are you an avid woodworker? Are you currently at home due to the pandemic looking for a way to make a difference? We are looking for hobby woodworkers, backyard builders or DIY enthusiast to Build 4 the Future by donating a custom item, built by you to our Spring Build 4 the Future Online Auction in support of children & youth impacted by abuse. ...

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We're all spending more time online lately, a place where cyberbullying thrives.⠀ ⠀ The fun folks over at LEGO have put together a list of tips to help you and your children recognize and prevent cyberbullying, along with a challenge to build a Lego character that embodies online positivity!⠀ ⠀ Visit the link in our bio and click "Cyberbullying" to read the tips and participate.⠀ ⠀ 📸 @lego ...

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Today is #BellLetsTalk Day. For every view of this video, @bell_letstalk will donate 5¢ towards Canadian mental health initiatives. Watch now to help us spread the word! 💙⠀ ⠀ Share, like & comment below to help reach as many people as possible today. Help us start and keep the conversation going with Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition.⠀ ⠀ If you are in crisis or know someone who may be in crisis help is out there:⠀ 💬 IMMEDIATE RISK : 9 -1 - 1⠀ 💬 COAST (Crisis Outreach & Support Team): 1 -866 - 550 - 5205 💬 PATHSTONE MENTAL HEALTH: 1 - 800 - 263 - 4944⠀ ⠀ Find more information by visiting the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition website.⠀ ______⠀ #NiagaraSuicidePreventionCoalition #NiagaraSPC #MentalHealthAwareness #SuicidePrevention #NiagaraResources #NiagaraServices #CrisisServicesNiagara #BellLetsTalkDay #BellLetsTalk ...

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Teachers play an important role in identifying child abuse, but that may be more difficult due to virtual learning.⠀ ⠀ Here are a few tips to help stay vigilant:⠀ ⠀ 🚸 Look for the same signs that you would in a classroom⠀ 🚸 Encourage students to turn their cameras on, even just to check in⠀ 🚸 Be observant & ask questions⠀ ⠀ If you suspect that a child is being abused, please contact Family and Children's Services Niagara at 905-937-7731, Niagara Regional Police Service at 905-688-4111 or 911 if a child is in imminent danger. ...

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