In this segment of our Wellness & Safety Information Series, parents can access information about child abuse.
Listen to the Experts
This video features Edmonton Police Services Detective Christa LaForce and Samantha Dover, Director of Community Education and Engagement, from the Zebra Child Protection Centre, speaking about child abuse awareness and prevention with parent Ray Gauthier.
IMPORTANT NOTE - All Albertans are required by law to report if a child is at risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect.
"This means that if you believe that a child has been abandoned, is being neglected, physically injured, emotionally injured or sexually abused, you need to call us so we can assess the situation. People can be fined under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act for not reporting when a child is in need of intervention services."
From: Government of Alberta Human Services website http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/15393.html
For concerns about a child's immediate safety:
call the police (780-423-4567) or
call Children's Services Crisis Unit 780-422-2001 or
call the Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-387-5437)
To report abuse or suspected abuse of a child or teen, contact the police (780-423-4567), the Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-387-5437) or your local Alberta Children and Family Services office:
- North Central/NW: 780-415-6012
- Northeast: 780-422-2112
- Central: 780-415-9619
- East: 780-427-1551
- West Central: 780-427-1551
- Southeast: 780-422-4060
- Southwest: 780-427-9040
call the 24-Hour Confidential Sexual Assault Crisis Line 780-423-4121
call the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton 780-423-4102
call the Zebra Centre 780-421-2359
Zebra Child Protection Centre http://zebracentre.ca/
Comprehensive information about the services and support available at the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton. Information about recognizing signs of abuse is also available.
Edmonton Police Services - Child Protection http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/CrimePrevention/PersonalFamilySafety/ChildProtection.aspx
This section of the EPS website has loads of information and links for parents and caregivers on all aspects of child and teen abuse.
Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton https://www.sace.ab.ca/
This website provides information about how to prevent child and adolescent sexual abuse, how to recognize signs of sexual abuse, and how to access help.
- Use the get help tab for information about where to get counselling and support for children and teens.
- Use the learn tab on the site's home page to access information about child and adolescent sexual abuse, such as:
Canadian Centre for Child Protection https://www.protectchildren.ca/app/en/
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public.
There are loads of resources available for parents and caregivers on all aspects of abuse and protection from abuse. NOTE: a FREE download of each resource is available by clicking on the item.
The centre has developed a variety of national programs that parents can use to increase their awareness and learn about how to protect their children.
Many resources for parents, including:
Operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Cybertip.ca's mandate is to protect children and youth from online sexual exploitation by receiving and processing tips from the public about potentially illegal material and activities regarding the online sexual exploitation of children. They also provide the public with information and resources to help Canadians keep themselves and their families safe while using the Internet.
Check out their Internet Safety section:
Government of Alberta Human Services http://humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/14841.html
Information about types of abuse, how to recognize signs, how to help and what happens when abuse is reported.
Government of Alberta Human Services http://humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/15393.html
Answers to questions like: What do I do if I think that a child is being abused, but I'm not sure?
Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services & Alberta Government - #IBelieveYou http://ibelieveyou.info/
"#IBelieveYou is a campaign to help you understand the powerful role you can play in the life of a sexual assault survivor and our community. Survivors who get a positive response when they tell someone are more likely to get help and seek justice. That makes your community healthier and safer for everyone." From: I Believe You website
International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect http://www.ispcan.org/
"The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, founded in 1977, is the only multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals to work toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally.
ISPCAN's mission is to prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, street children, child fatalities, child prostitution, children of war, emotional abuse and child labor. ISPCAN is committed to increasing public awareness of all forms of violence against children, developing activities to prevent such violence, and promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world. ISPCAN invites you to join forces with its members around the world to protect children in need: their bodies, minds, hearts and rights." From: http://www.ispcan.org/?page=mission
Child Sexual Abuse – It Is Your Business – Published by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, this 16-page booklet contains information for parents and caregivers for talking to our children about abuse, protecting our children from abuse, recognizing signs of abuse, handling a disclosure from a child, and supporting a child after abuse.
English version https://www.protectchildren.ca/pdfs/C3P_ChildSexualAbuse_ItIsYourBusiness_en.pdf
Édition française https://www.protectchildren.ca/pdfs/C3P_ChildSexualAbuse_ItIsYourBusiness_fr.pdf
Commit to Kids Parent Guide - Published by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, this guide provides parents with the information you need to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, assess your knowledge, protect your child, and choose safe organizations.
DOWNLOAD THE COMMIT TO KIDS PARENT GUIDE
Child Abuse Prevention Month - Fact Sheet – Government of Alberta