Projects provide help to prevent child maltreatment and support survivors

November 20, 2020 | Ottawa, Ontario | Public Health Agency of Canada

According to the World Health Organization, half of the world’s children—approximately 1 billion children each year—are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence that results in injuries, disabilities and death. In Canada, one third of adults report having experienced maltreatment as a child.

Family violence, including child maltreatment, is a serious public health issue and has serious and lasting impacts on the physical and mental health of survivors, as well as social and economic costs. Today, on National Child Day, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health announced more than $1.1 million to support two initiatives aimed at preventing child maltreatment.

The Child Welfare League of Canada is receiving funding to provide guidance, training and resources to equip child welfare workers, service providers and alternative caregivers across Canada to effectively prevent and respond safely to child maltreatment in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centre d’expertise Marie-Vincent will deliver “Programme Lanterne,” a sexual violence prevention program for children ages 0 to 5 to help prevent child maltreatment through age-appropriate sexual health education and the promotion of safe and healthy relationships in both official languages in Quebec, and in Francophone child-care settings in Yukon.

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