The Regina Children's Justice Centre (RCJC) is an integrated partnership made up of members of the Regina Police Service and the Ministry of Social Services. The members of the RCJC are part of a multidisciplinary team comprised of the Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority (RQRHA), the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education.
This initiative takes a multidisciplinary approach to investigating allegations of child abuse involving children 16 and under. This multidisciplinary approach involves members of the Crown Prosecutor's Office, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, the Board of Education, the Ministry of Social Services and the Regina Police Service.
The Family Services Section
The initiative began in 1994 and has been constantly evolving to become one of the most recognized centres of its kind in Canada for the work done and the unique partnerships.
The initiative was taken on to prevent children from being repeatedly questioned and forced to recount the experiences over and over again. The purpose of the initiative was to investigate allegations of child abuse jointly to reduce the trauma to child victims. During the investigations the interests and needs of the children are the focus at all times.
Funding for the initial set-up was provided by Regina Health District, the Ministry of Social Services and the Regina Police Service. The initial cost is unknown.The ongoing costs to maintain the Regina Children's Justice Centre (RCJC) per year are as follows:
It was implemented as a three-year pilot project known as the Regina Integrated Child Abuse Unit.
The key outcomes have been:
An assessment may have been done at the conclusion of the three-year pilot project to determine the RCJC’s validity.
The initiative has been very successful since its inception. The initiative started in 1994 as a three-year pilot project. Since that time the partnership between the Ministry of Social Services and the Regina Police Service has been strengthened through staff collaboration at the RCJC. The RCJC has been highlighted in 2012 by being asked to participate in a focus group in Ottawa called Building Knowledge and Capacity, on addressing the needs of child victims and their families. The purpose of the group is to look at developing other child advocacy centres across Canada and the RCJC is being looked at as one of the models of success.The second significant highlight for the RCJC was in spring of 2012, when the federal government featured the RCJC on its website for National Crimes Awareness Month as being unique to Canada and as being the first centre of its kind with the successful multidisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations.