Support & Services.

At Big Bear CYAC, our vision is to live in a community where every child & youth is respected and heard, and child maltreatment is not tolerated.

Support & Services.

At Big Bear CYAC, our vision is to live in a community where every child & youth is respected and heard, and child maltreatment is not tolerated.

Supporting Our Community

In response to the additional trauma that children/youth experience through abuse disclosures, CYACs are promoted as best-practice (McDonald, Scrim & Rooney, 2016). A CYAC has the opportunity to support the child to create better outcomes for the victims, the investigation process and society alike.

CYACs were developed in the United States over 30 years ago ​to minimize system-induced trauma that often occur during ‘traditional’ investigation methods (Department of Justice Canada, 2013).​ There are now over 1,000 centres successfully operating in the U.S. Support for the maltreated child/youth is prioritized in CYACs and it encompasses the use of a multidisciplinary team and thorough case management (McDonald, Scrim & Rooney, 2016). The Canadian Government is promoting communities to adopt this ‘best-practice’ model and specifically design it to meet individual community needs (Department of Justice Canada, 2016).

There are approximately 38 Advocacy Centres that are open or in development in Canada.

Community Partners

Big Bear CYAC has completed Phase 1 of development, which consisted of becoming a Charitable Society, defining the CYAC model of practise with policies and procedures, creating the MOU, the hiring of staff/contracted partners and a the creation of a Partnership Agreement between Big Bear CYAC and the Regional Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Clinic (SCAN Clinic-located at the Royal Inland Hospital). This partnership incorporates the CYAC model of practise, advocacy and support for children and families, and child forensic interviews to occur at the SCAN Clinic until completion of Big Bear CYAC Phase 2. The launch of operations was on March 3, 2020.

Phase 2 is working towards building the actual building of BBCYAC. Having professionals working together (RCMP, Child Protection and Health) under the one roof will complete the ability to fully coordinate investigations. This will mitigate gaps in services and reduce systemic trauma that research demonstrates children often experience when involved with the justice system in cases of child abuse. Currently, BBCYAC is working with realtors, developers, contractors and visual planning designers. Together, this team is working towards a 2-3 year plan to build a CYAC Centre of Excellence in Kamloops, BC and for the benefit of the whole BC interior region. 

The BBCYAC Steering Advisory Committee has identified an urgent need to attain a temporary location for the 2-3 years. Launching operations in March has really highlighted the need for us to fully come together as a group so we can effectively collaborate on cases of child abuse. In addition, the current pandemic situation has added to the already stressful situation for children. 

BBCYAC anticipates moving into its temporary location within 3-4 months. For more information, and to follow us as we continue to develop, follow us on Big Bear CYAC Facebook and/or Instagram. 

A community working together

  • Big Bear CYAC (Society) – Coordinating and facilitating a collaborated response to cases of child maltreatment. Providing child & family support & advocacy throughout the investigation process, specifically before, during and after investigational interviews/medicals. On-going support even after investigations are complete. Helping to bridge referrals within our community to ensure long-term healing.
  • Kamloops RCMP – Child abuse criminal investigation
  • Police-Based Victim Support – victim support at RCMP
  • Ministry for Children & Family Development – child protection services
  • Secwépemc Child & Family Services – Delegated Aboriginal child protection
  • DAA Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services (LMOFCS) – Delegated Aboriginal child protection
  • Interior Health – Providing medical health
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada Research Chair in Culture and Communities): Children and the Law – Providing evaluation and data collection of Phase 1

Child Abuse is Wrong: What can I do?

This booklet (Department of Justice Canada) is for the parents or guardians of children. It talks about child abuse in families. It answers questions about the law on child abuse in Canada. It may also be useful even if you are not a parent, but you believe a child you know is being abused.

You can download the booklet by clicking here.

Canadian CYAC Movement

In a few short years there has been a significant increase in the number of Child & Youth Advocacy Centres across Canada, with almost 40 centres open, or in various stages of development. Beginning in 2010, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues, Department of Justice Canada has provided support and funding to create new CYACs and created a National CYAC/CAC Network that involves all child/youth advocacy centre’s across Canada. The development of CYACs is transforming the system.

Proudly supported and funded by

  • Government of BC – Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch
  • Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Department of Justice Canada
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Proudly supported and funded by

  • Government of BC – Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch
  • Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Department of Justice Canada
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