The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to Canadians.
The Centre was established in April 1985 as Child Find Manitoba following the disappearance and murder of 13-year-old Candace Derksen. Candace’s mother, Wilma, along with other concerned Manitobans created the organization to provide the essential services that Wilma’s family didn’t have access to throughout and following her daughter’s disappearance. Over the next twenty years, Child Find Manitoba grew to provide national intervention, education, and prevention programs. On May 25, 2006, International Missing Children’s Day, the organization was renamed the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to more accurately reflect its national role in the protection of children.
Their mission is to:
- REDUCE the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children
- EDUCATE the public on child personal safety and sexual exploitation
- ASSIST in the location of missing children
- ADVOCATE for and increase awareness about issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection runs the following national programs:
They also have numerous resources available for educators and children.