October 24, 2014 ‐ Brampton, ON – Department of Justice Canada
Today, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay announced $249,195 in funding for the Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin to develop a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) in the Peel Region.
The funding is being used by the organization to create a CYAC that would serve young victims of crime and their families. Among other activities, the funding supports the identification of challenges facing families in the region who are impacted by child abuse, and the engagement of key community partners including child protection services, child and youth mental health professionals, victim services, police, and others.
Child Advocacy Centres (CAC) or Child and Youth Advocacy Centres (CYAC) help child and youth victims and their families navigate the criminal justice system. They provide a safe, child and youth-friendly environment where a coordinated team of professionals work to meet the specific needs of each person. The work of a CAC or CYAC multi-disciplinary team can greatly reduce the emotional and mental harm to child and youth victims involved in the criminal justice system.
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