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Protecting Children in Public Spaces

A multiphase initiative by the City of Winnipeg, with the support of the Canadian Centre, created to enhance children’s safety at City-run facilities, such as pools, libraries, and recreation centres.

Who is it for?

All Canadians*

*The Canadian Centre is willing to support and assist any other cities and municipalities wishing to implement similar initiatives.

What does it do?

With support from the Canadian Centre, the City of Winnipeg’s Community Services Department implemented a plan to examine and enhance safety protocols, reporting procedures, and staff training at City-run facilities to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. This initiative is the first municipal-level public safety program in Canada that focuses explicitly on the prevention of child abuse and exploitation in aquatic facilities, recreation and leisure facilities, and libraries.

The initiative also targets facility users through printed media that encourages people to notify staff of unusual behaviour, such as taking pictures of children without permission, phones/cameras in change rooms, or other actions that make a reasonable observer uncomfortable.

How does it support child safety?

Through the operation of Cybertip.ca 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 by enhancing measures to prevent child sexual victimization in public facilities.

Interested in working with the Canadian Centre to make your public facility safer for children? Contact us.

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