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OCDSB to vote on a new policy to prevent child sexual abuse

May 10, 2022

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

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On Tuesday, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will hold a meeting to debate the adoption of a new child sexual abuse prevention policy.

The policy would set requirements, including key terms and phrases, training requirements for staff, a reporting and addressing procedure for negative behaviours, and an annual declaration requirement.

Peter Hamer, a victim of school child sexual abuse at Bell High School in the 1980s, said that the legislation is lacking in substance.

Hamer said that an independent oversight policy should be put in place to prevent child sexual abuse. Organizations do not have the ability to investigate inappropriate behaviour and manage the process properly.

Karyn Kibsey, a spokesperson for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, said the new procedure would provide parameters for all personnel and make it clear what should happen if someone detects a boundary violation.

Anyone who has been sexually assaulted can access support services. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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