About Us

Who We Are

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a registered charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Our agency was first incorporated on April 12, 1985 as Child Find Manitoba, following the disappearance and murder of 13-year-old Candace Derksen. Her mother, Wilma, and a group of dedicated volunteers, created the organization to provide essential services to the families of missing children.

In 1999, after nearly 15 years of providing missing children services, we recognized a gap in the area of child protection. The Internet was becoming increasingly popular, but there was no simple mechanism for Canadians to report potentially illegal incidents that occurred online. As a result, the Canadian Centre set out to establish a tipline to accept reports relating to online child sexual exploitation.

On September 26, 2002, Cybertip.ca was officially launched as a pilot project. In its first years, the tipline’s technical capacity and operations were refined, and public awareness activities were executed mostly within the province of Manitoba. In May 2004, the Government of Canada recognized and announced Cybertip.ca as Canada’s national tipline for the public reporting online child sexual exploitation under the National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. The National Strategy provides funding to support the ongoing operation of Cybertip.ca, as well as the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, which coordinates and supports national child sexual exploitation investigations.

In 2006, our organization was renamed the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to reflect an expanded mandate and national scope of our services to Canadians. Since then, we have continued to innovate and expand our programming, including expanding our missing children’s services to a national scale and gleaning information from our operation of Cybertip.ca to create educational resources for law enforcement, educators and families to reduce children and youth’s risk of victimization.

  • Our Programs and Services:
    • Cybertip.ca is Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. Created in September 2002, Cybertip.ca receives approximately 3,000 reports per month from Canadians. All reports concerning incidents that are potentially in contravention of the Criminal Code of Canada are sent to police for possible investigation and any information about a child potentially in need of protection is sent to child welfare.
    • MissingKids.ca is Canada’s missing children resource and response centre. We offer families support in finding their missing child and provide educational materials to help prevent children from going missing. As a resource centre, MissingKids.ca works with police and other stakeholders in the search for missing children.
    • Kids in the Know is a national interactive safety education program for increasing the personal safety of children and reducing their risk of victimization online and in the real world. Designed for children from kindergarten to high school, it focuses on building self-esteem through teaching critical problem-solving skills. The core foundation of the program is based on 7 Root Safety Strategies and 4 Root Safety Environments.
    • The Commit to Kids program is a step-by-step plan to help child-serving organizations reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and create safer environments for the children in their care.
    • We have a number of other programs and resources to reduce children and youth’s risk of victimization such as NeedHelpNow.ca and Project Arachnid.

  • Our Mission:
    • REDUCE the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children
    • EDUCATE the public on child personal safety and sexual exploitation
    • ASSIST in the location of missing children
    • ADVOCATE for and increase awareness about issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children

  • Our Core Values:

    Our organization’s identity is defined by the values that are considered essential to our existence – it is the source from which all aspects of our organization flow. Four core values serve as the foundation for how we communicate to our stakeholders:

    • CARING: We care about people. We are committed to act with compassion, integrity, and honesty in all situations and we listen with respect and empathy.
    • EXCELLENCE: We are determined to achieve ambitious, measurable outcomes in working toward our mission. We strive for accuracy and credibility in the relentless pursuit of results.
    • PROTECTION: We are committed to making a difference in the area of child protection. We work as a team to reduce child victimization and improve child personal safety.
    • INNOVATION: We show creativity, drive, and adaptability to solve problems and think progressively when working toward our vision. We are passionate about new possibilities and implement innovative ideas to create value.

  • What We Do:

    The Canadian Centre for Child Protection:

    • Delivers programs to increase the personal safety of children and reduce their risk of sexual exploitation
    • Prevents harm to children through education and prevention programs for children, families, schools, child-serving organizations, and communities
    • Receives and addresses reports of child pornography, online luring, child sex tourism, child prostitution, and child trafficking
    • Maintains comprehensive data on the latest trends in child victimization and develops training and programs to address the risks
    • Accepts tips from the public, offers families support in finding their missing child and provides educational materials to help prevent children from going missing
    • Advocates on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children
    • Researches better practices on how to keep children safer
    • Coordinates national efforts in the area of child protection through collaboration with non-profit agencies, government, industry, law enforcement, educators, and families

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