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RDP and CACAC Partnership

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CAC) and Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) strive to help in the prevention of abuse and in reducing the long-term impact of abuse on children and families. 

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Positive Impacts of the Partnership 

Collectively, our organizations will look to identify and implement best practices related to childhood trauma and maltreatment. This collaborative approach creates an innovation ecosystem that supports youth and families in our province, while also providing meaningful opportunities for RDP’s students, faculty and staff.  

The common vision to enrich our communities requires an integrated approach that includes applied research, education and training in child advocacy. This approach will foster a safe place where children and families in the region can receive support. Through a trauma-informed environment, the coordinated approach will also cut back on the systemic and reverberating costs of abuse.  

In addition to CACAC and RDP, other strategic partners also have pivotal roles including: 
Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, Alberta Health Services, RCMP and the Government of Alberta. Learn more on the CACAC website.  

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Opportunities for Students 

Students from a variety of programs will be able to engage with the CACAC and Centre for Excellence in meaningful ways including through their programs of study, work-integrated learning and applied research opportunities. 

The concept of applied research in child advocacy reflects a best practice model from across Canada and North America, informing practices around the world. As a result of RDP’s leadership in applied research, the Polytechnic’s impact in this collaborative approach will continue to diversify and grow in prominence as real-world challenges are addressed.   

The partnership with the CACAC provides RDP students with work-integrated learning and applied research opportunities in a variety of programs, including: 

Work-integrated learning and applied research opportunities are expected to grow, allowing even more RDP learners, faculty and staff to support the goals of the CACAC.  

The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence facility is designed to allow learning in a variety of ways. RDP faculty, staff and students can utilize the observation and learning lab spaces, while also connecting with leaders in private, public and not for profit sectors. This creates valuable opportunities for learners to enhance their knowledge and skills as they prepare for careers in a variety of child advocacy sectors and advance the social priorities of Alberta. 

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