REPERE Formation – Providing better tools to professionals accompanying child victims or witnesses of crime

Duration of the project : 2020- 2023 

Child Justice in Québec: When a child is a victim or witness of violence or a criminal act in Quebec, he or she comes into contact with professionals from different sectors who are responsible for accompanying the child throughout his or her journey through the justice system.

Police officers and social workers are among the key players to whom this project is addressed, along with prosecutors, judges and lawyers. 

The initiative, funded by the "Fonds d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels" (FAVAC) of the Government of Québec's Department of Justice (year 2019-2020), the Department of Justice Canada, and the Fondation Chamandy, aims to develop interactive training modules (MIF), available online, for professionals who wish to develop and/or strengthen their skills in supporting child victims or witnesses of crime. This is a multi-sectoral training course (directed simultaneously to staff from the police, social work and justice sectors), which draws on the Office's expertise in child justice and pedagogy.

FAVAC ministère de la justice Canada


At the end of the project, IBCR hopes to have achieved the following results:

  • A practical, concrete training, anchored in the needs of competency building and in the reality of the work of the targeted professionals, that is finalized, validated and made available online.

  • The skills required for interventions that respect the rights of child victims and witnesses are reinforced among the professionals involved throughout Québec.

And generated the following changes:

  • Girls and boys who are victims or witnesses of crime who come into contact with the professionals in question have their rights respected and have a positive experience of their trajectory in the Quebec justice system;

  • Interventions with child victims or witnesses of crime are carried out in a manner that respects their rights.

  • Professional practices are adapted to the needs and rights of child victims and witnesses of crime

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  • Intervention locations : Quebec Region
  • Project duration: 3 years
  • Partners :
    • Association québécoise plaidoyer-victime (AQPV)
    • Centre d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels (CAVAC)
    • CIUSSS du Centre-sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CSSMTL)
    • Directeur de poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP)
    • Fondation Marie-Vincent (FMV)
    • Department of Justice of the Government of Quebec
    • Fondation Chamandy
    • Government of Canada
  • Highlights:
    • 4 workshops planned: one videoconference training development workshop; one validation workshop; two training appreciation workshops.
    • Development of a map addressing, among other things, but mainly, the training needs of the targeted personnel in Quebec.
    • Six training modules to be produced
  • Fields of activity and expertise :
    • Capacity building
    • Training leadership
    • Child protection systems
    • Children and the justice system

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