Supporting Youth Experiencing Exploitation

This training has been developed in collaboration by George Brown College, Ryerson University, Covenant House Toronto, and the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC). Through the course of a 3-year research project, we have pursued the development, application, and evaluation of a framework for:

  1. the early identification of youth experience sexual exploitation, and
  2. effective support for youths involved in, and potentially exposed to, sexual exploitation through the development and dissemination of training tools for Child and Youth Care Practitioners (CYCP).

The research team has conducted the following applied research activities in collaboration with community partners:

  1. Assessed the current capacity of CYCP to identify and support trafficked youth
  2. Enhanced CYCP capacity to provide effective HTSE services in rural, urban and northern communities in Ontario
  3. Developed a framework for effective practices appropriate to agencies serving youth

We are now:

  1. Piloting the developed training tools and evaluating their efficacy
  2. Transferring the knowledge gained and training developed to current practitioners, recent graduates and agency leaders in Ontario

The purpose of this training is:

To enhance the capacity of Child and Youth Care Practitioners to provide effective Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation services in rural, urban, and northern communities in Ontario.

This training will include:

  • Defining human trafficking and sexual exploitation of youth
  • An introduction to the history of anti-trafficking in Canada
  • Myths and misconceptions of sexual exploitation
  • The prevalence and impact of HTSE
  • Factors that impact a youth’s exposure to exploitation
  • Stages of exploitation, tactics used by those who seek to exploit youth, and potential warning signs
  • Strategies for prevention and support
  • Service provider care & self-care
  • Additional resources

Learning Outcomes

  • Increased knowledge, understanding and awareness of sexual exploitation
  • Increased capacity of strategies and/or guidelines to prevent and identify sexual exploitation of youth, as well as support individuals impacted by sexual exploitation

Course options

There are two ways you can take this course:

  1. With an account: make an account using your e-mail address and log-in in order to track your progress and acquire a Certificate of Completion at the end.
  2. Without an account: this course is publicly and freely available, you can work through it without an account – however your progress will not be tracked and you will not be able to receive a Certificate of Completion at the end.

Land acknowledgment

This research and training creation occurred primarily in Tkaranto, on the territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. We recognize, and encourage participants to keep in mind, how settler-colonial researchers, service providers, the Western academic and social service systems have, and continue to, exploit Indigenous communities, persons, culture, and land, and are complicit in conducting and maintaining the violence of colonialism. The exploitation of Indigenous people and land are a historic and ongoing purpose of colonialism across Turtle Island. Moreover, due to colonial violence, oppression, dehumanization of Indigenous persons, white supremacy, and patriarchy, Indigenous women, girls, and Two-spirit persons are some of the communities most exposed to sexual exploitation. Throughout this training and our lives going forward, we must continuously commit to dismantling the colonial hierarchy and domination entrenched in our daily interactions, in our work, in our mainstream systems and in our culture as a whole.

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Module 4: Prevalence & Impact
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Module 5: Prevention & Intervention
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