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.

SKY is connected with the British Columbia Network of Child & Youth Advocacy Centres (https://www.bccyac.ca/) and the Canadian National Network of Child Advocacy Centres/Child & Youth Advocacy Centres (https://cac-cae.ca/other ).

Project Description

The Safe Kids & Youth (SKY) Coordinated Response aims to address the needs of children and youth who have experienced abuse or violence across the West Kootenay Region. SKY provides children and youth with the same collaborative, trauma-informed service that they would receive if they lived in an urban centre with a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC). Due to our unique geographical region, we rely on good relationships and communication amongst our multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) to ensure we provide a collaborative and child-friendly service. Having designated child-friendly interview rooms in each community allows us to conduct recorded, joint interviews. SKY Coordinators help facilitate our multidisciplinary teams and provide education and information about the SKY Coordinated Response.

More Information

Contact our Regional SKY Manager

sky@thekoop.ca
250-551-1126

For more information about local SKY Coordinated Responses, please contact:

SKY Coordinator North (Kaslo, Nakusp and Nelson):

skynorth@thekoop.ca

250-551-1129

 

SKY Coordinator South (Castlegar, Salmo and Trail):

skysouth@thekoop.ca

250-551-1130

 

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

This project has been supported through the Department of Justice Canada and

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General