CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall police and the local Children's Aid Society branch are partnering on a plan to educate students in Cornwall and area about the dangers of abuse - and how to spot problems before they escalate.
Police officers will visit schools in and around the city and speak with students in grades 3 to 6.
Kimly Thivierge, public relations manager for the local CAS branch, said students will understand what constitutes abuse and how to recognize it.
"It helps define the different types of abuse, and touches on issues like secret keeping, who to tell, what to do if someone won’t listen and other child sensitive issues around abuse/neglect," said Thivierge.
Thivierge has been delivering presentations on Duty to Report to the community’s professionals to ensure young and old are being educated on Child Abuse Prevention.
"This is a community service that the agency offers to professional groups in SDG in order to keep awareness levels current," she said. "There has been a great response from the community. Now groups are calling us and requesting the presentation for their staff." said Thivierge, adding this is a change from years ago when this type of service was rarely requested.