ABOUT CCAAOur History
THE CANADIAN CHILD ABUSE ASSOCIATION (CCAA) WAS FORMED IN 1985 IN RESPONSE TO A GROWING NEED FOR A COORDINATED, PROFESSIONAL APPROACH TO CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS.
The Board of Directors of the non-profit society has been made up of police officers, social workers, Crown prosecutors, child welfare workers, Alberta Justice counsel, and treatment specialists.
CCAA is committed to supporting professionals, communities, victims and witnesses involved in the investigation of child abuse through the development and delivery of educational products and services; promotion of a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations; identification and response to key issues and concerns of child abuse investigators; advocacy for excellence and professionalism in the investigation of child abuse; promotion of the well-being of children and families going through the investigative process; provision of professional training and research.
SUPPORTING and PROTECTING
The Canadian Child Abuse Association is a national Network of Excellence supporting and protecting abused children, their families, and the professionals and communities involved in the investigation of child abuse by:
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DR. JOHN PEARCE
DR. ANDREA LEE
SUPPORT STAFF & TRAINING
CCAA Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator
Alice Gifford is the Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator for the Canadian Child Abuse Association (CCAA) and the Child Witness Court Preparation Program. She has worked with the CCAA for 20 years and is very familiar with the court process. She is critical to ensuring that children, families, and community professionals are appropriately directed through the systems. She coordinates and at times assists with the court support for children that are testifying. Alice is also the Event Coordinator for the Joining Together Conference that the CCAA offers every 2 years to police officers, social workers and community professionals. She also coordinates training opportunities that CCAA offers to professionals and communities involved in the investigation of child abuse.
LEIANE SMITH, BSW, RSW
Clinical Supervisor/ Volunteer Coordinator
Leiane has been involved with the Child Witness Court Preparation Program since 2006.
She has worked as a child welfare investigator for over 15 years and has been supporting kids and families with various challenges for more than 18 years.
DR. LYNN BARRY
Founder / Program Consultant
Lynn worked as a child welfare investigator for over 20 years with Alberta Family and Social Services and was the Coordinator for Training and Staff Development with child welfare from 1999-2002 before resigning in 2003. She is the Founder and Program Consultant for the Canadian Child Abuse Association.
MAY ′14, MAY ′12, MAY ′10, MAY ′08, MAY ′06
Hosted International Conference in Calgary, Alberta entitled “Joining Together: An International Child Maltreatment Conference”. Once again, this biennial conference is enrolled to capacity by police officers, child welfare workers, Crown prosecutors, victim service workers, clinicians and other community professionals.
Ongoing contract work with RCMP and Child Welfare for joint 3 day Investigating Child Sexual Abuse Workshop, most recently in Yellowknife NWT.
Offered this One Year Online Advanced Forensic Training in the Investigation of Child Abuse for 30 RCMP and child welfare workers across Canada.
2008 - 2013
Offered this Five Module Online Child Abuse Response Certificate Program for community professionals (eg: teachers, therapists, physicians, foster parents, child care workers).
2007 TO PRESENT
Hosted both an 8 session Online Speaker Series and a 9 session Online Child Witness Court Preparation Facilitator Training Series for child abuse professionals and Victim Service workers and coordinators across Canada which was well attended and very successful.
2006: WEBSITE DEVELOPED
This successful website offers all children free access to child court preparation opportunities, providing they have access to a computer. It contains both synchronous information, games and activities as well as real time live synchronous preparation opportunities with a facilitator if requested. There are site components on this website for children, teens, parents and court preparation facilitators. A free password is required.
2002-2006: A REVIEW/EVALUATION OF THE CHILD WITNESS COURT PREPARATION PROGRAM
The Child Witness Court Preparation Program has been providing services since 1992 it was timely to review thirteen years of data available on child witnesses, offenders, and the response of the Criminal Justice System. Funding was generously provided from the Nickel Foundation ($13,900) and the Alberta Law Foundation ($18,600) and City of Calgary Match Solutions ($15,500). The research was conducted by RESOLVE Alberta (University of Calgary) and Mount Royal College (Justice Studies). 40 stakeholder interviews were also completed to assess the community’s satisfaction with the program. The final report was released in June 2006 and is available at www.ccaa.org.
1997-2013: THE CHILD ABUSE RESPONSE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
This program was developed to respond to the needs of community professionals who may encounter abused children in their roles at work. It is a 30 hour program consisting of 5 core workshops and is offered on an annual basis.
1995: CHILD WITNESS COURT PREPARATION CURRICULUM FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Funding was received to develop this project for preschoolers. The curriculum for The Child Witness Court Preparation Program was modified to include play therapy techniques that are more suitable for very young children.
1994: YOU’RE NOT ALONE: CHILD WITNESS COURT PREPARATION PROGRAM
This program consists of a stand alone video and comic book to orient a child to the court process. It also includes a video, curriculum, and administrative guide to enable professionals to start up and maintain a child witness court preparation program.
1992-PRESENT: THE CHILD WITNESS COURT PREPARATION PROGRAM
This program has helped prepare over 1000 child victims and witnesses in the Calgary area to testify in court by offering children and their families the opportunity to attend individual, group or booster court preparation sessions.
RCMP & CHILD WELFARE SEXUAL ABUSE INVESTIGATOR TRAINING
This evolved from a two-day training program solely for RCMP members and a four-day joint RCMP/Child Welfare training program. Society members taught eight training sessions all over the province in 1993/1994 alone.
FOR THE KIDS - INVESTIGATING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
“For the Kids” is a comprehensive training program developed for police, child protection workers and other involved professionals. It features a one hour video narrated by Peter Gzowski, and Instructor’s Guide and an Investigator’s Manual for use in the field. This professional training program has become the mainstay of sexual abuse investigation training for RCMP, metropolitan police departments, and child welfare departments across Canada. “For the Kids” has been translated into three languages and is in use in eight countries.