Creating a safe community for children and youth

Creating safe community for children and youth

Strategies, education, and support to increase children’s safety.

We have a natural tendency to want to protect our children without interfering with their growing sense of safety and trust in the world. We can help foster positive experiences for our children by being:

  • reliable sources of information, being open to conversation.
  • equipping ourselves with an understanding of typical child behaviour and development.
  • teaching them the tools and strategies to help keep them safe.

Resources for parents and families to talk to their children

  • Kids in the Know
    Online resources for parents and guardians of children of all ages, including age appropriate online kits with stories, games, and activities to reinforce safety and how to start those conversations.
     
  • Committee for Children 
    Information and tips on how to talk to your kids about sexual abuse at Early, Open, Often: Start the Conversation.
     
  • SAFFRON Centre 
    Online resources on how to start conversations with children about tough issues families face every day. In partnership with SOS Safety Magazine
     
  • The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)
    Facts and answer questions on sexual abuse for families and educators. 

Resources in the community

  • Strathcona County Family and Community Services
    Family and Community Services provides a range of programs and services for residents of Strathcona County including walk-in counselling, parent education, family support and helping to connect to resources. Phone:780-464-4044
     
  • Saffron Centre
    Public education empowers individuals and communities by increasing awareness and education on various themes. Saffron offers parents and educators presentations and workshops about sexual contact, establishing safe boundaries, and internet safety.
    Phone: 780-449-0900
     
  •  Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)
    A safe and supportive space, crisis intervention, counselling, education, and a diversity outreach program
    Phone: 780-423-4121 (available 24/7) for crisis line
    T.T.Y. (Telephone Device for the Deaf): 780-421-1482

Safety Bear and Sparky appearances

Safety Bear handing out cotton candy

Safety Bear

Safety Bear and a RCMP Member attend community events, schools, playschools, daycares, and festivals.  We are geared towards young and young at heart!
 
All appearances are emergency call dependent. Please note that we are unable to attend block parties. Send us your request with as much notice as possible.

Book Safety Bear:
Phone: 780-449-0185
Email: Safety.Bear@strathcona.ca

 

Sparky the fire safety dog posing in front of Saddie, the Emergency Services mascot dog sculpture at Fire Station 6.

Sparky

Sparky can also come to your event along with a fire truck to share fire safety information with kids. Learn how to invite Sparky to your event

Crisis intervention

If you believe a child requires intervention and protection, contact Children’s Services Crisis Unit at 780-422-2001 (24 hours). If you or someone you know is seeking crisis intervention or struggling with addiction, mental health, or abuse, please use the crisis contact numbers for 24 hour support. 

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Last updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Page ID: 49814