Prevention and Education Program

Prevention is without a doubt the most effective means to significantly reduce the risks of abduction, aggression or exploitation of children. It is for this reason that we developed, in collaboration with professionals and law enforcement agencies, a unique and interactive education program.

Workshops

Our interactive How I Stay Safe workshops are designed for children and youth and teach them how to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Our personal safety workshops are tailored to meet the developmental needs of the students and cover a variety of subjects such as trusting one’s instincts, creating safe profiles and the importance of developing healthy and egalitarian relationships.

The Missing Children’s Network delivers the following workshops year-round for children ages 5 to 17 years-old:

  • HOW I STAY SAFE!
  • ONLINE & REAL WORLD SAFETY!
  • SHINE

Because we are convinced that it is just as important to teach children to protect themselves as it is  to read or write, the Katimavik-Hébert team reached out to the Missing Children’s Network .

It is with much enthusiasm that we recommend this organization so that all young people can develop their confidence, as well as learn to trust their instinct, stay home alone and be alert when surfing the Internet.

Their animators are dynamic and knowledgeable and captured the attention of all the students and adults present.

Isabelle Lucier, Assistant Director École Katimavik-Hébert, CSMB

We loved having the Missing Children’s Network at our day camp – they were organized and well-structured. The animators were interactive, dynamic and energetic! They had age appropriate activities and information for the children. The kids were engaged and were having a great time! We will definitely have them back at our camp!

Pierrefonds Day Camps

SHINE

Using a positive and non-threatening language, our SHINE Prevention Officers engage the children through role-playing that help foster positive choices when on the Internet and in the real world. Our workshops provide children and youth with skills, information, self-confidence and support that will enhance their self-esteem and help them to avoid falling victim to abduction and abuse.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Patenaude at 514 843-4333 or by email: c.patenaude@reseauenfantsretour.ong

To register for the workshops click here.

Both workshops were excellently executed. The animators used language that was appropriate for the age group, as well as examples that the children could relate to. I believe that these workshops are extremely important for children to take part in, because they are preventive measures for keeping children safe, and to help them protect themselves in case of danger. The information was relevant for the campers and delivered in a way that kept them engaged and interested. […] We will definitely be scheduling workshops from the Missing Children’s Network in future years as we believe the campers benefitted immensely from them.

Antoinette Lacono

Coordinator, Camp Fusion

Seminars for Parents

Offered year-round to groups of 15 adults or more, our seminars empower parents with the skills and knowledge that will assist them in building their children’s confidence and critical thinking skills, thus preparing their youngsters and teens for potentially dangerous situations should they arise. The following seminars are available:

  • Together for Safety
  • Staying Safe On and Offline
  • When the Abductor is a Parent
  • Teen Runaways: Signs, Prevention and What to Do if They Run
  • Sexual Exploitation of Teens

For more information, please contact Nancy Duncan at 514 843-4333 or by email: search@missingchildrensnetwork.ngo

 

For a number of years, the SPVM is able to count upon the collaboration of a choice partner: The Missing Children’s Network.  The commitment of your organization in delivering quality prevention and education program, is without a doubt, an invaluable contribution. The safety of children on the Internet is a very serious preoccupation for the SPVM. Your safety workshops help children to better understand how the virtual world works and provides them with simple and practical tools that can make a big difference in helping them stay safe.

Vincent Richer

Commander, Montreal Police Service

Just like you, I believe that prevention is an indispensable tool in helping keep children safe in today’s society. By teaching youngsters to be more vigilant both on the Internet and in other situations, this initiative spares lives and unnecessary suffering in families and society. For these reasons, this Prevention Program is deserving of all the support in the world so that we can continue to empower our children to stay safe on-and-offline.

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

Professional Training Sessions

The Missing Children’s Network is committed to provide training sessions and resources to law enforcement personnel, health care professionals and educators. We offer the following trainings:

  • When the Abductor is a Parent
  • Parental Alienation Syndrome
  • Preventing Runaways and Sexual Exploitation of Youth
  • How to Prevent the Sexual Abuse of Children in Youth Serving Organizations

For more information, please contact Nancy Duncan at 514 843-4333 or by email: search@missingchildrensnetwork.ngo

Just like the Missing Children’s Network, we are convinced that the protection of children must be a priority in our society. These safety workshops are effective tools in that regard.

André Drolet

President, Info-Crime Montréal

Lunch and Learn

The Missing Children’s Network offers Lunch & Learn sessions, bilingual and free of charge!

Inform and sensitize your employees in only 45 minutes, in the comfort of your workplace!

Following are some of topics that can be addressed:

  • The importance of keeping current regarding safety issues;
  • How to broach personal safety issues without unduly frightening children;
  • How and why children fall victim to abduction and exploitation;
  • The concept of ‘stranger-danger’ is outdated and ignores the fact that most children are abducted or abused by someone they know;
  • Age-appropriate educational activities that reinforce safety concepts, both on and offline;
  • Keeping children safe on and offline.

Our sessions also provide employees with a glimpse of who we are, what we do, where we are going and ways to get involved in our projects or signature events.
If your company would like to host a Lunch & Learn session, please contact Nancy Duncan, Director of Family Services :  search@missingchildrensnetwork.ngo  or  by phone 514 843-4968, ext. 223

At the request of the Service de Police de la ville de Laval, the Missing Children’s Network is requesting your collaboration in the search for Jennifer Allard-Gould, 16 years old from Laval last seen June 2nd, 2020.

Information leads us to believe that Jennifer may be in the Montreal area.
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Hot Off the Press! A New Resource Booklet for Parents of Pre-Teens!

Preadolescence is a crucial stage in the life of a child. From childhood to adolescence, children will go through many changes. As a parent, you want to support your child through these changes, guide them in their choices and ensure their safety.

SHINE Brighter: For You and Your Child is designed to help parents and their children navigate through this new stage! It will help parents gain a better understanding of this new phase of life and provide useful advice and activities that they can do with their pre-teen.

www.missingchildrensnetwork.ngo/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/RER_SafetyBrochure2020_EN_Final_LR.pdf
Happy reading!
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With our workshops suspended for the remainder of the school year, the Missing Children’s Network is pleased to offer a variety of activities for pre-teens, inspired by our SHINE program. It is important that we continue to raise awareness and prevent the abuse and sexual exploitation of our youth. These activities can be conducted either in a classroom setting or at home with your family. Feel free to add your personal touch!

Today’s post is all about self-esteem: a key element in the construction of identity for youth, allowing them to resist to peer pressure and bad influences. We propose the following two activities: The Hope Box and I am a Star!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. It will be our pleasure to assist you.
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Thanks to TCEnergy’s generous and continued support, we can continue to educate and empower youth with the tools and knowledge necessary to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations.Grâce au soutien généreux et continu dTCEnergy, nous pouvons poursuivre notre mission d’éduquer et d’habiliter les jeunes avec les compétences et connaissances nécessaires pour reconnaître et se protéger contre des situations potentiellement dangereuses. ... See MoreSee Less

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The present pandemic has taught us all about the importance of social distancing and the 2 meter rule. When speaking with your children about social distancing, we suggest you also help them understand that they do not have to engage in conversations with adults that approach them. Adults should ask adults for help – NOT children! A fun way to reinforce this concept is to instruct them to keep at least three giant steps between themselves and someone they don’t know or who makes them feel uncomfortable.La pandémie actuelle nous a appris combien il est important de respecter la distanciation sociale et la règle de deux mètres. Lorsqu’on parle de distanciation sociale avec les enfants, nous vous encourageons également à leur faire comprendre qu’ils ne sont pas obligés de parler avec des adultes qui les approchent. Un adulte devrait toujours demander de l’aide à un autre adulte; pas à un enfant! Une manière amusante d’intégrer cette notion est de leur apprendre à garder trois pas de géant entre eux et une personne qu’ils ne connaissent pas ou qui les rend inconfortables. ... See MoreSee Less

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