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Government of Canada Invests in Guidance and Training Initiatives to Prevent and Address Child Maltreatment

This project will facilitate the dissemination of guidance and training, internationally and across Canada, to recognize and respond to child maltreatment.

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 17, 2023 /CNW/ - Child maltreatment and family violence are serious public health issues that can have long-lasting consequences on survivors, including serious mental health challenges, impaired cognitive abilities, and difficulties forming healthy relationships. The effects of abuse and neglect go beyond the immediate circumstances and often extend well into adulthood. In anticipation of the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse (November 19) and National Child Day (November 20), the Government of Canada reaffirms its dedication to protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children in Canada and around the world.

Today, the Honourable Ya'ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced $245,367 in funding to the WHO for a project aimed at the dissemination and testing of guidance and training, internationally and across Canada, to recognize and respond to child maltreatment.

The WHO guidance and training products will be disseminated through different communication channels, such as an online educational platform, webinars and social media, and with various networks, including international partner agencies and professional bodies. These resources will assist doctors, nurses, community health workers and other health professionals to identify child maltreatment in Canada and internationally. The WHO will also collaborate with some countries to develop national protocols and guidelines, as well as to test and further refine the training packages for health care providers.

If someone you know may be experiencing abuse, be in an unsafe environment, or you simply want to learn more about the issue, please visit Stop Family Violence, and learn about resources and services in your area.


"The effects of child maltreatment are truly heartbreaking. No child should ever have to endure abuse or neglect. By collaborating with the WHO and supporting this project, we hope to deepen our understanding, enhance prevention efforts, and ensure a safer and brighter future for every child in Canada, and around the world."

The Honourable Ya'ara Saks 
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health

"Only a fraction of children who suffer maltreatment ever get support from health professionals, in part because they are not equipped to identify and respond to it. With this support from the Public Health Agency of Canada for training of health care providers and strengthened health systems in recognizing and responding to child maltreatment, we're ensuring that no child is overlooked ."

Dr Etienne Krug
Director of the WHO Department for the Social Determinants of Health

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SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

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