Teachers are being offered training to detect and address sexual violence

    Monday, 27 May 2024 07:00

    By Tonya Organ

    Last week, Women and Gender Equality Minister Pam Parsons announced $200,000 to offer an online training program to Grade 7 to 12 teachers, guidance counsellors, and school administrators.

    It’s called, “Commit to Kids” and it’s conducted by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Last week, Women and Gender Equality Minister Pam Parsons announced $200,000 to offer an online training program to Grade 7 to 12 teachers, guidance counsellors, and school administrators. Education Minister Krista Lynn Howell says it covers the problem of sexual abuse, the grooming process, and how to disclose child sexual abuse. She says through discussions with the NLTA, the issue of sexual violence was a major concern. Minister Parsons says part of the mandate for the gender based violence national action plan branches across levels of governments. She says some parts of the country, like Ontario, have made this program mandatory. Teachers and administration can complete the course and be reimbursed the cost. Following the initial training sessions, the hope is to expand the program to include all teachers and school staff. 

     

     

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