The Halton District School Board (HDSB) is providing families with information and resources to address and prevent sex trafficking in accordance with Ontario’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Policy/Program Memorandum, PPM 166
The vast majority of sex trafficking victims are under 24 years of age and approximately 30 per cent are reported to fall between 13-18 years of age. This is why 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.
The HDSB’s Anti-Sex Trafficking webpage
has resources and information about the important steps being taken in our Board to recognize, prevent and respond to sex trafficking. Families can find video resources that cover three important topics:
- Anti-Sex Trafficking Awareness for Parents/Guardians
- Interview with Parent of an Anti-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.
“The HDSB is committed to upholding and championing human rights and this is embedded in so much of what we do every day. Through the HDSB’s 2020-2024 Strategic Multi-Year Plan
, we incorporate principles of equity and inclusive education into all aspects of our operations, structures, policies, procedures, guidelines and practices, consistent with the principles of the Ontario Human Rights Code,” says Jennifer Fowler, Superintendent of Education - Safe Schools.
“As a Board, we have been actively partnering with community groups and school boards across the region to address the unique and specific needs of our Halton community. Action by schools, families and community partners together will help prevent, identify and recognize sex trafficking to act quickly to ensure appropriate interventions.”
For additional information, contact:
Haley Juniper, Senior Communications Officer
Halton District School Board
905-335-3663 | Toll free: 1-877-618-3456