Dear beloved community partners, supporters, volunteers, clients and friends: As we all face unprecedented times, every organization and person has been forced to make difficult, but necessary decisions. The Child Witness Centre is no different. As we…Read More
WATERLOO REGION – In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Child Witness Centre has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Youth Symposium. The Youth Symposium, a one-day program run over three consecutive days, was scheduled for Ap…Read More
WATERLOO REGION – The Board of Directors of the Child Witness Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of David Morneau as Executive Director as of January 13, 2020. This appointment follows the retirement of Laura Muirhead who provided leadership…Read More
Thank you to everyone who supported our 2020 Pancake Lunch. Our communities are so much stronger when we work together. With your support, more than $40,000 was raised to help at least 40 vulnerable children and youth and their families through the cri…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.