WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is opening up the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund again this week to provide more than $390,000 to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
The funding includes $20,000 this year for a pilot project at the centre to provide materials and training to schools, families and the community in the St. James School Division on how to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction.
The new funding will go towards the Commit to Kids education program for administration at the division’s 26 schools. The program provides strategies, policies and a step-by-step plan for reducing the risk of child sexual abuse.
“Schools have a critical role in both ensuring the proper procedures and policies are in place to protect the children entrusted to their care every day, and in teaching kids the personal safety lessons that help reduce child sexual victimization,” said Lianna McDonald, executive director at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
“Whether it involves children in kindergarten learning about naming body parts or high school students talking about consent, teaching about child safety in schools is essential.”
On Monday, the province announced $310,000 from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund will support the HealthIM program in nine provincial police agencies to better respond to calls involving someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Proud to join St. James MLA Scott Johnston, @CdnChildProtect ED Lianna McDonald, @wpgpolice Deputy Chief Gord Perrier, and Brett Lough, Supt. of the St. James School Division to announce a $390,000 investment in the Centre, including $20K for education in St. James. #mbpoli pic.twitter.com/UAkU0AnZHI
— Cliff Cullen (@Min_CliffCullen) October 2, 2018