Ensuring responsibility and accountability in making communities safe
In any community, people can be at risk of violence. Risk can be direct acts of violence including abuse, exploitation, bullying or harassment. Risk may also be indirect, such as not developing, implementing and monitoring policies and procedures.
Communities have an important responsibility to prevent and respond to violence. Organizations within communities—schools, community centres, health centres, workplaces, and sport facilities—are held to a “duty of care.” “Duty of care” is a legal responsibility to ensure all personnel and participants are safe from harm. All communities throughout Canada have a legal, moral and ethical duty to protect their people and their communities.
A Red Cross Violence and Abuse Prevention Training Partner is an organization or community that offers Red Cross training for children, youth or adults using their personnel who are trained as Prevention Educators or Trainers.
Canadian Red Cross Violence & Abuse Prevention programming offers a variety of online courses for your organization and community—your team can learn how to create safe environments for both personnel and participants.
Canadian Red Cross’ Violence & Abuse Prevention program Ten Steps to Creating Safe Environments, offers an easy-to-understand, step-by-step process to reduce the risk of violence and increase protection.
Resources to answer your questions on how to prevent violence against children and youth and provide a better understanding of the ways RespectED: Violence & Abuse Prevention can help.