At SMCDSB, we continue to build upon our strategies for increasing awareness, prevention, and responding to suspicions or disclosures of human trafficking. Did you know that Ontario has the highest rate of Human Trafficking in Canada, according to data gathered by Statistics Canada? Here in Simcoe County and the Districts of Muskoka/Parry Sound, we are considered a hot spot for human trafficking due to the highway corridor. In collaboration with OneChild, a 2-part parent/caregiver webinar was created to support parents and caregivers with information about human trafficking, our local context, signs to look for, and steps to address concerns. These webinars can be found on our Board website. You may also wish to explore this helpful parent resource from OneChild.”
Additional links and resources:
LE-13 Keeping Students Safe: Anti-Human Trafficking is available on Employee Connect under Policies and Procedures and the SMCDSB website. Staff can also increase their awareness of Human Trafficking by reviewing the October 22, 2021 Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Presentation (video linked here and slides linked here). We also have an issue of our Mental Health Quick Reference dedicated to Anti-Human trafficking (linked here) as well as a podcast episode (linked here).