Police, Canadian Centre for Child Protection Partner for Free Online Training

Police, Canadian Centre for Child Protection Partner for Free Online Training

By Sarah Klein

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

People who are completing criminal record checks will be able to receive from online child sexual abuse awareness training.

Winnipeg police and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection are partnering on the initiative thanks to funding from the Winnipeg Foundation.

Police say the training is part of Commit to Kids, a step-by-step program to help child-serving organizations create a safer environment for the kids in their care.

“?We know that one in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18, and in the majority of cases, the victims know their offenders,”? said Noni Classen, director of education at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

“?It’s important that adults working with children understand the issues surrounding child sexual abuse, in order to help safeguard kids.?”

Those who take the training after getting a Winnipeg Police Service criminal record check can receive the training free until March 31, 2019. The process takes less than two hours to complete.

More than 11,000 people across Canada have completed the online training since it launched last summer.

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