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Child Abuse Reporting on the Decline. British Columbia Network of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres urging community action

Today, the British Columbia (BC) Network of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres is releasing a public service announcement aimed at educating citizens in our province on the moral and legal obligation to report suspicions of child abuse. We are particularly concerned during this time where the typical safeguards for children and youth who experience abuse are impacted.

CYACs provide a safe place where children and youth who have experienced abuse can go to tell their story and be supported throughout the entire disclosure, investigation, judicial and healing journey.

As citizens of British Columbia, we all have a role to play in keeping kids safe

  • For immediate help call 911 or find your local police detachment here
  • If you are a child or youth and need help call 310-1234 – Ministry of Children and Family Development Helpline for Children
  • If you have a concern about a child or youth’s safety call 1-800-663-9122 – Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • For support contact Oak Child and Youth Advocacy Centre or call VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808 or email VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca to receive information and be connected to the nearest victim services program.

The BC Network of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres represents over 100 professionals responding to child abuse across BC who work as part of a CYAC team in these communities: Kamloops, Kelowna, Kootenay/Boundary Region, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver, Vernon, and Victoria.

For Media Release – BC Network of Child and Youth Advocacy Centres, visit: BCCYAC Media Release May 11 2020

For more information, please contact:

Ginny Becker: 778-363-4974 | Ginny@CACkelowna.com OR
Leah Zille: 604-808-3809 | leah@treehousevancouver.ca