Training for Professionals

Making a Difference: The Community Responds to Child Abuse is comprehensive training program designed to reduce the incidence of child abuse and family violence. The program is meant to help those who provide services to children to become more aware of, and to identify early on, the possibility of child abuse/family violence.


Topics covered include:

  • defining and identifying child abuse;
  • legal and moral responsibilities with respect to reporting suspicions of child abuse and children exposed to family violence;
  • responding to disclosures;
  • how to report suspicions of child abuse, including strategies that assist in overcoming fears of reporting;
  • how to document suspicions of abuse;
  • the system’s response; and
  • how to maintain the client relationship when a report to child protection authorities has been made.

The workshop can help agencies develop proactive policies and procedures for responding to children and families when abuse and violence are suspected. Boost offers sessions that range from 2 hours to 2 days, as well as a train-the-trainer program.

For more information or to find out how to bring this training to your organization or community, please contact:

Pearl Rimer
Director of Research, Training & Internet Child Exploitation Program
(416) 515-1100 ext. 59230 

Making a Difference: The Community Responds to Child Abuse

is also available as an online training program.

Please Note: Online Training is currently unavailable as it is being updated. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Making a Difference Online (Training Program)

We all have a legal and moral responsibility to keep the children and youth in our communities safe! This training program is designed for anyone providing services to children, youth and families, as well as post-secondary students (e.g., Education, Child Care, Social Work, Child & Youth Worker, Nursing, and Recreation).

The overall goal of the Online Training Program is to gain practical knowledge about child abuse and children exposed to family violence, enhancing the confidence to respond to suspicions of abuse, and the ability to provide support to children, youth and their families.

A certificate will be issued upon completion of all modules, quizzes and a 2-hour webinar.

The Making A Difference Online Training Program is $100.00. Payment can be made by Mastercard, VISA, Discover or AMEX.