We live in the most amazing community. In 24 hours, a virtual live music concert on Facebook was organized and raised almost $1,000 to support our work with vulnerable young people. A huge thank you to Rob Maxwell, DQ Boardwalk, DQ King St. (Wate…Read More
It is always heartwarming to hear the impact you have made! This positive impact is a result of all our donors and supporters. It is this ripple effect, that is felt throughout the community. Here is what a parent recently told us and the difference y…Read More
Thank you for volunteering with us! We are extremely grateful to all our volunteers who donate their time and assist us throughout the year. Each of you makes a difference and we couldn’t do our work, without your help. Over 80 volunteers assist us eac…Read More
Please listen to a video message from our Executive Director, David Morneau on how the agency is coping with COVID-19, the trend we expect to see and how we will be affected when self-isolation measures are lifted. In addition, during this unprecedente…Read More
…that you were a child or youth who was a victim or witness of abuse or violence.
…that the accused was someone you knew.
…how this can affect you and your family over your lifetime.
… someone was there to walk with you through the criminal justice process, support you and advocate on your behalf.
This is the work of the Child Witness Centre.
We will be there so that you and your family are heard, helped and can begin to heal.
Each year we support children and youth who are or may become a victim or witness of abuse or crime, and their families.
This year we supported 5630 young people and their families in Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County.
children and youth experienced support, education and advocacy through the criminal
parents and caregivers experienced support, education and advocacy through the criminal justice process
Grade 8 students and their teachers were inspired and empowered through the
Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
& Child and Youth Advocate Program
Established in May 2016, the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) is a best practice collaborative child and youth friendly model for investigating allegations of child abuse and ensuring these young victims, witnesses and their families are supported through an investigation and beyond, regardless of whether charges are laid. Core Partners in the CYAC are Waterloo Regional Police, Family and Children’s Services and the Child Witness Centre. Our role in the CYAC is to provide oversight of the Centre and deliver victim support services through the Child and Youth Advocate Program.
To learn about how this collaborative model is transforming investigations of abuse and support for these young victims, watch the video above or click here to learn more.
Child Witness Program
Established in 1991, the Child Witness Program works in partnership with the justice system and community partners to provide victim support services through the criminal court process for children and youth under the age of 18, who are victims and witnesses of crime, and their families, in Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County.
To learn more, click the video above to watch the moving video of a mother telling her and her daughter’s story above or learn more click here.