Snowflake Place is Manitoba's only child advocacy centre (CAC). CAC's are intended to provide a seamless, coordinated and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of child abuse victims or children who have witnessed violent crimes. CACs seek to minimize system-induced trauma by providing a child-friendly setting for child victims or witnesses and their families. Currently, children come to have video recorded interviews about their experience of maltreatment. Service providers like police, child protection and victim services meet with the children and their caregivers in our supportive environment.
We are now planning for substantial growth. We are working to build a more inclusive children's centre, where all service providers involved in child abuse response are co-located to best meet the needs of children, both through the criminal justice process, but also, to help facilitate the healing of the children and their families.