“Commit to Kids” developed by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection provides on-line training on the issue of child sexual abuse

commit-to-kidsAs members of the University of Manitoba Child Protection Committee, we would like to bring to your attention an opportunity that we hope you will want to make available to your students, particularly if as part of their program, volunteering or paid employment, they work with children and youth. The program called “Commit to Kids” developed by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection provides on-line training on the issue of child sexual abuse. More specifically, the program includes modules on:

  • Child sexual abuse
  • The grooming process
  • How to handle disclosures of child sexual abuse
  • The impact of child sexual abuse
  • How to create a Child Protection Code of Conduct in an organization, and
  • Policies and procedures to use to protect children in an organization

Our colleagues at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection have offered to make the on-line training free of charge for all University of Manitoba students until March 31, 2017. Students can register by e-mailing contact@commit2kids.ca from their @myumanitoba email account.

Given the high number of children and youth that come to our campus to learn and play and given the high number of U of M students who are involved in activities with children and youth when they are on campus, we think that this 2-hour program will provide excellent training and help us manage the risks inherent in having children on campus. We have posters and pamphlets for your use if you would like them. Please email Laura Orsak at laura.orsak@umanitoba.ca with your request.

If you would like more information, you can contact David Mandzuk at david.mandzuk@umanitoba.ca or Karyn Kibsey at the Canadian Center for Child Protection at karyn@protectchildren.ca.

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