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Child Protection

The Edmonton Police Service Child Protection Section provides expert investigative services for all occurrences of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.

The investigative mandate of Child Protection Section includes:

  • all complaints concerning sexual abuse of children under 14 years old,
  • sexual assault complaints pertaining to youths between 14 and 17 years old where the suspect is in a position of trust or authority over the youth (such as group homes, schools, etc.),
  • all serious physical assaults and neglect issues pertaining to children under 14 years old
  • incidents of “stranger” abductions of children under 14 years old, and
  • incidents of parental abductions where the children are at imminent risk or harm, or are known to have been taken from the Province of Alberta

The team of experienced and professional investigators work in the multi-disciplinary Zebra-Child Protection Centre. This child-focused, child-friendly environment brings together professionals from Alberta Children’s Services, Crown Prosecutors, Child at Risk Response Teams (C.A.R.R.T.) medical and trauma screening professionals and volunteer advocates.

This centre, the first of its kind in Canada, allows for a more efficient gathering of information. While the centre not only minimizes additional trauma for the children by minimizing the number of interviews and repetitive questions posed by the various agencies involved, it also results in better information and greater potential for convicting suspects.

How to Report Child Abuse:

Everybody has a responsibility to report child abuse. Complaints regarding the abuse or neglect of children can be directed to the Children’s Services Crisis Unit at (780) 422-2001 or the Edmonton Police Service complaint line.