CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCACY The role of the Advocate is simple. The Advocate is a neutral professional whose sole focus is the comfort and support of the children and the caregivers that come to the centre for an investigation. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the Advocate will offer support that is relevant to the needs of the child and family.
The Advocate will:
Help the client to understand the investigation and the roles of the police and child protection workers.
Provide information to the client about the many different services available in the community that may help the child and the family on the road to healing and recovery.
Make referrals on behalf of the client with caregiver consent.
Ensure that the client/family is kept up to date on the investigation process.
Help the caregivers to develop self-care plans to ensure that they are able to meet the emotional needs of their child.
Remain a support to the child and family through the investigation, court process and until they feel that they no longer need the support of the Advocate.
Educate children, youth and their caregivers who have experienced abuse about abuse, avoiding future risk, and healing.
EDUCATION/PREVENTION It is not enough to simply respond—it is paramount that we provide our communities with the education they need to help reduce the victimization of children. The CACSM offers a variety of abuse prevention presentations that safeguard children through discussing healthy relationships, sexual consent, social media risks, positive decision making online, and the realities of sexual exploitation in our communities.