Zebra is a place where a child can feel safe and protected. Examples are everywhere; from the playroom, children’s art and homemade blankets, each element of our Centre is there for a reason – to make kids comfortable. First and foremost, it is a strong support network for children, which encourages them to share their story on their own terms.

When a child or youth discloses abuse, or you suspect that something may have happened to a child, use the following guide to help you…

Making a Report is the First Step

The information provided by the caller will be assessed to determine if further investigation is required.

Only the RCMP or Child Family Services can make a referral to the Caribou Centre.

In Alberta - Under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act any person who has "reasonable and probable grounds" to believe that a child is being harmed, has an obligation to report it to the proper authorities.

In Grande Prairie:   To report, call Child and Family Services Authority at 780-538-5102, or the RCMP at 780-830-5701

A list of community resources to assist you with questions you may have, or provide the support you may require.

Cybertip
To report online situations where children or young people are being sexually abused or exploited, contact the Cybertip.ca tip line. Canada’s national tip line receives information from the public about child pornography, luring, child sex tourism and child prostitution.
Cybertip also provides information, referrals, and other resources to help Canadians keep their children safe while on the Internet.

 

How might a child or youth victims be affected?
Being victimized can shatter a young person’s view of the world as a safe place. Children and youth may be affected by crime in many ways, emotionally and physically.
At different development stages, children may express their emotions differently.
Responses may include: withdrawing, having stomach aches, sleep disruptions, being more clingy, or exhibiting anxiety and depression. They might deny there is anything wrong. You may also see changes in their behaviors, and “acting out” when they find it hard to express their feelings.

Parents and family can also be affected by a crime
It is important that families get the support they need. If you are affected by a crime, even if not directly, you can access the support of the Caribou Child & Youth Centre.
Parents, caregivers, and other family members can also experience significant emotions. These can include ANGER, shock, disbelief, shame, blame and fear of further harm. Siblings might be confused or become overprotective.

How can you support a child who has been a victim of a crime?
Parents and caregivers can be a great source of support to their child after a crime.
• Assure your child that he or she did the right thing in telling someone.
• React calmly.
• Let your child know that you are there to listen.
• Reassure your child that what happened is not his or her fault.
• Accept that your child may “act out” but set limits.
• Understand your own feelings and take care of yourself.
• Discuss with your child any steps to take.
• Watch for signs that your child needs additional support or help.
• The journey may be long - Seek supports for your child and yourself.