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Mongrel Agency for Hamilton Kids

November 3, 2008 permalink

Hamilton has a new cooperative effort between children's aid and the police, called CAAT.



Police, chidren's aid, unveil new abuse team

John Burman

It’s called CAAT and it's as innovative as Ontario’s first police child abuse branch was 20 years ago.

CAAT – the child abuse agency team – brings workers from the Hamilton’s Children’s Aid Society and Catholic Children’s Aid Society into the front line office of the police child abuse branch for closer co-operation and therefore better service to vulnerable children and their families.

Hamilton police rolled out the project – a year long and a year in the planning already – at the central police station today.

On hand to receive belated honours for establishing Ontario’s first dedicated police child abuse branch were three of the original members, former deputy chief Bruce Elwood, Richard Nelson and Allison Hood. John Carrick was not able to attend.

Bernie Morelli, chair of the Hamilton Police Services Board told the gathering that CAAT will mean more effective policing and better engagement of the community.

It will, he said, diminish barriers between services.

Chief Brian Mullan said, like the child-abuse unit formed years ago, CAAT is believed to be the first of its kind in the province and will provide an opportunity for Hamilton police to work more effectively in partnerships than they could by themselves. 905-526-2469

Source: The Hamilton Spectator

CAAT combines roles of cop and social worker