At the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe Muskoka we believe that “Children’s Voices will be Heard”. We know that when a child or youth has experienced sexual or physical abuse, the disclosure process can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. Honouring the bravery that is required to speak up about abuse, we have created a Centre which focuses entirely on creating a safe and neutral place for children and youth to tell their story, when they are ready.
As soon as you enter the door, you can tell that this is a different place. Community partners have worked passionately to create a warm, peaceful and home-like environment to help children and youth feel comfortable and safe. This is a neutral space where police officers and child protection workers conduct forensic interviews, paediatricians provide well child examinations, and a child advocate supports and assists the child/youth and family throughout the entire process. All professionals work together with the best needs of the child in mind. The CACSM employs a multidisciplinary model, bringing together police, child protection services, health care workers and victim services under one roof.