Please join us on Tuesday, February 25th from 12:00pm to 1:30 pm (doors open at 11:30 am) at Bingemans (Marshall Hall) for the Child Witness Centre’s 22nd Annual Pancake Lunch! Your participation will have a real impact in the lives of children and you…Read More
Registration is now open for this unique field trip opportunity for Grade 8 students, and their teachers, that you will want to be a part of! Registration opened on Wednesday January 8th and closes at 4pm on Tuesday January 28th. This one-day progra…Read More
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Child Witness Centre we have an exciting announcement to share. As many of you know, in August, I announced my plans to retire in early 2020. Lisa Allen, our Board Chair and I are thrilled to let y…Read More
This holiday season, we invite you to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in our community, as well as their families, as they journey through the criminal justice system in Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County. Donate Now Did…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.