JANEWAY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
CHILD AND YOUTH ADVOCACY CENTRE
TOTAL FUNDS RECEIVED IN 2021
41% HOSPITAL PROGRAMS
HOSPITAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Research has found that nearly a third (32%) of Canadians aged 15+ – almost nine million people – report that they personally experienced childhood physical or sexual abuse. In Canada, Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) are one tool that governments and communities have developed to support children in cases where abuse is suspected. CACs bring together multi-disciplinary teams to holistically address the needs of children, youth and their families; they offer a range of services in areas ranging from mental health to access to justice.
In a five-year, multi-site study, the Department of Justice of Newfoundland & Labrador found children and families to be highly satisfied with the support they received from CACs. These findings held true across a range of delivery models. Ninety-three percent of respondents say the support they received from professionals through the CAC was helpful. Large majorities of youth victims (79%) and caregivers (91%) said the services they received were culturally sensitive.
Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre has partnered with other agencies to establish a much-needed Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CAYAC) for children in Newfoundland & Labrador. The Centre supports children and youth who have been victims of or witnesses to abuse, violence and other crimes. Customized services delivered in a safe space help reduce short- and long-term impacts of the abuse and violence that many young people experience.
Although pandemic restrictions caused delays and disruptions in the opening of the CAYAC, we are pleased to report strong progress in clinician training and in the completion of the Centre’s physical spaces, all aided in part by A Family of Support initiative.
Training: All clinicians have now received trauma-informed training specific to their area of expertise. Many completed “Understanding Developmental Trauma,” a two-day program designed to prepare clinicians to support children and youth who have experienced or been witness to crime, violence and/or abuse.
Clinical spaces: The renovations of the clinical spaces are complete. We now have three child-friendly clinic rooms, a playroom and two joint investigation rooms for police services.
The Centre also has a new official name: The North Star Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.