Safe Kids & Youth Coordinated Response
The SKY Coordinated Response is a “made in the West Kootenay Boundary” rural adaptation of a Child & Youth Advocacy Centre model. It was created over a number of years by people collaborating across systems – police, child protection, crown counsel, victim services, schools, health-care, and community services that support children, youth and families – to develop and implement local cooperation agreements.
The goal is a more seamless response to child/youth abuse that reduces the potential for system-induced trauma.
SKY aims to ensure that children and youth in the West Kootenay Boundary region who come forward about their experiences of abuse, violence or neglect receive the best possible response from the range of services they connect with.
Coordination and collaboration among the various agencies are key to creating the intended result.
The Co-op holds contracts with Federal Department of Justice, the Provincial Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and sub-contracts SKY Coordination in Kootenay and Boundary communities in partnership with:
The current Advancement phase of the Safe Kids & Youth (SKY) Coordinated Response hopes to build on past successes and further refine our coordinated response by:
- Advancing relationships with MDT members and community partners, including school district employees, and health services. We hope to strengthen our relationships with schools in our SKY communities. Due to COVID-19, these partners are having the most contact with kids and youth in our region. We also hope to have participation from health professionals in each community’s multidisciplinary team.
- Improving child-friendly interview rooms, ensuring all rooms are accessible and well-equipped with up to date technology. We plan to assess child-friendly interview rooms across our region to ensure they all have video-recording equipment and the needed furnishings to ensure the environment is child friendly.
- Providing training for forensic interviewers and sexual assault nurse examiners to ensure service delivery is not disrupted by staff turnover. We hope to recruit a doctor or pediatrician who is willing to do forensic examinations on children under 12 and to offer them training opportunities to build their capacity and offer ongoing support.
Contact our Regional SKY Coordinator
250-352-6786 ext. 225
For information about local SKY Coordinated Responses, or to get involved, please contact Victim Services in your area:
- Boundary (Grand Forks & Midway): 250-442-5846
- Castlegar: 250-365-7721
- Kaslo: 250-353-7691
- Nakusp/New Denver: 250-265-4834
- Nelson: 250-352-5777
- Salmo: 250-357-2692
- Trail: 250-368-2184
If you think or know a child or youth is experiencing abuse or violence:
- stay calm and listen
- do not probe for details
- be supportive and provide reassurance
- do not make promises you cannot keep (e.g., You’ll never have to see the offender again)
- ensure their safety, and yours
- write down as much as you can of what the child told you
- report as quickly as possible, any time of day or night:
- Police: 9-1-1
- Ministry of Child & Family Development: 1-800-663-9122
For more information: handling disclosures of abuse, and your legal duty to report.
If you are a child or youth who would like to talk to someone, you can call 24/7 and don’t need to give your name:
- The Helpline for Children: 310-1234
- Youth Against Violence Line: 1-800-680-4264 (text: 604-836-6381)
- Crisis and Information Line: 1-888-353-CARE (2273)
- VictimLinkBC: 1-800-563-0808