City Initiative Aimed at Keeping Children Safe at Civic Facilities

City Initiative Aimed at Keeping Children Safe at Civic Facilities

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WINNIPEG — Enhancing child safety at city-run aquatic, recreation, leisure and library facilities is at the centre of a new initiative announced Tuesday.

As part of a partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the first phase of programming will include measures to safeguard children from exploitation and harm.

“Technology has changed the way this issue presents and includes risks with phones and cameras in public pool facilities which is why this initiative is so important,” said Lianna McDonald, executive director of C3P.

The first phase of the program will include new staff training procedures, risk assessments of aquatics facilities, updated staff supervising and reporting protocols. Posters and information will also be made available at aquatics facilities.

Phases two and three will continue with recreation and libraries facilities later this year.

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