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 re-traumatization.
SKY Regional Gathering
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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 Co-op member agencies including:
The current Sustainable Implementation phase of the Safe Kids & Youth (SKY) Coordinated Response project is focusing on the implementation and entrenchment of a cross-agency coordinated response for child and youth victims across the West Kootenay Boundary region that has been tested, monitored and adjusted through the previous pilot phase, that continues to improve and is consistently and seamlessly delivered.
The primary objectives of this Sustainable Implementation phase are:
- To ensure that signed SKY cooperation agreements are in place and continuously and consistently implemented in each of area of the region (Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Midway, Nakusp, Nelson, and Salmo, and Trail). These agreements describe how all the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) partners – police, child protection, victim services, health-care providers, and community service agency staff – will work together to provide a seamless response to child and youth abuse.
- To enhance and entrench the SKY Coordinated Response model in the work culture of all the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) partner agencies across the region to ensure sustainability.
- To further establish the credibility and understanding of a rural coordinated response to child abuse as capable of achieving the same aims as an urban CAC/CYAC.
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