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HDSB providing families with resources to prevent sex trafficking

Ministry of Education requiring school boards to educate students and staff on issue
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Approximately 30 per cent of victims are between ages 13 and 18 / Stock image

In accordance with a provincial anti-sex trafficking policy, the Halton District School Board says it's providing families with information and resources to address and prevent sex trafficking in Halton.

The vast majority of sex trafficking victims are under age 24 and approximately 30 per cent are reported to fall between ages 13 and 18, the board notes.

In response, the Ontario Ministry of Education is requiring school boards to educate students and staff about sex trafficking and promote safety by taking meaningful, culturally-responsive and consistent action to prevent and respond to issues of safety and inappropriate behaviours, according to the board.

“Action by schools, families and community partners together will help prevent, identify and recognize sex trafficking to act quickly to ensure appropriate interventions,” said Jennifer Fowler, superintendent of education - safe schools.

The HDSB’s Anti-Sex Trafficking webpage has resources and information about the important steps being taken by the board to recognize, prevent and respond to sex trafficking.

Families can find video resources that cover:

  • Anti-sex trafficking awareness for parents/guardians
  • Interview with a parent of a sex trafficking survivor
  • Student personal devices and online safety.

The webpage also includes the Halton Anti-Sex Trafficking School Board Protocol, Administrative Procedure: Anti-Sex Trafficking and information about annual staff training and education in the HDSB.