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 is currently working on a Phase 1 of the Big Bear CYAC development. This will be a CYAC model that is incorporated into the Royal Inland Hospital’s Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Clinic (SCAN Clinic). The partners working together during this phase of development are:

  • Big Bear CYAC (Society) – Providing child & family advocacy
  • 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
  • Kamloops Sexual Assault Centre – Providing victim support during court procedures

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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