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Safeguards Training for Children and Adult Services is a unique training program that began in 1995 as a joint training project by five provincial associations in Ontario. It was designed to meet the highly specialized training needs of staff serving vulnerable children, youth, adults and families in Ontario.

To remain responsive to changing training needs and evidence-based practice training, Safeguards develops customized and in-service training and a new provincial training program each year.

Now close to 20,000 staff from over 360 agencies across Ontario are affiliated with Safeguards' five association partners and many other organizations participate in the training. People attending training work in: children's mental health centres, residential treatment facilities, group homes, foster care, associations for community living, native child and family services, abuse programs, maternity homes, children's aid societies, detention facilities, custody and observation homes, schools, hospitals and private practice.


Vision & Mission


Safeguards is the provider of choice for trauma-informed training in all sectors serving vulnerable persons.


Safeguards is dedicated to providing culturally-informed knowledge exchange to address trauma and safeguard vulnerable children, youth, adults and families from abuse.


Partners & Members

Safeguards’ five association partners are:

Children's Mental Health (CMHO)

Ontario Association of Young Parent Agencies (OAYPA)

Community Living Ontario

Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth (OARTY)

Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO)

The decision to create such a partnership in 1995 was ground-breaking and it has caused a positive ripple effect at both the provincial and local level. Collaboration amongst associations continues to increase on a number of fronts including: research, advocacy, policy development and conferences. Local training gives staff from various agencies the chance to meet in an informal manner and subsequently many local partnerships and shared resources have developed.

Safeguards grew from a training project to a permanent training program and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 2004 with full support from the association partners. Each association nominates two representatives to sit on the on Safeguards’ Board of Directors. These representatives ensure training meets the needs of their sector.


Those who are eligible for reduced member fees for training are the staff of agencies who are members of one of the five association partners (see above).

Members pay further reduced fees for training related to trauma and abuse based on funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and the Ontario Ministry of Community of Social Services (MCSS). 


Benefits of Safeguards Training


For the Individual…

Professional development can help you grow personally and professionally. It can expose you to new ideas and methods that will assist you in realizing your career goals.

For the Organization…

By having your employees participate in professional development, you are showing your commitment to maintaining and enhancing the professional competence of your staff. This demonstrates that your organization is committed to provide the best possible service and professionalism to your own clients. And your commitment to PD will enhance your staff retention and recruitment efforts.

Professional development promotes employee motivation, productivity, morale and creativity. It is a good way to groom employees for advancement, and helps managers realize the full potential for their teams.

For your clients…

You can ensure that you are providing the best possible care and service to the clients you serve in your community. Your clients benefit by having your service based upon recognized best practices in the field.


Safeguards’ Board

Children's Mental Health Ontario



Ontario Association of Young Parent Agencies (OAYPA)

Janet Chappelle, Rose of Durham Young Parents Support Services;

Jane Kenny, Rosalie Hall, President of Safeguards

Community Living Ontario

Keith Dee, Community Living Ontario

Lee-Anne Dupuis, Community Living Essex County

Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth

Randy Klassan, Mutual Support Systems of Niagara

Donna Teather, CARE Family and Children Services

The Association of Native Child & Family Services Agencies of Ontario

Theresa Stevens, Association of Native Child and Family Services of Ontario


Angela Gerard, Mee-quam Youth Residence

Marie Parsons, Above Par Solutions

Leslie Frattolin, DLA Piper (Canada)

Safeguard's Staff

Leslie Atkinson, Executive Director 

Angela Cooper, Training Coordinator 

Karen Bosworth, Knowledge Exchange Manager

Richard Chang, Executive Assistant 

Amanda Hart, Respite Registrar

Peggyann Boudreau, Finance





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