Collaboration between the institutional, law enforcement, community and education sectors
You have just created an alliance between the institutional, law enforcement, education and community sectors. This is exactly what was done by the Agglomération de Longueuil police department (SPAL), the CISSS in the region of Montérégie-Est, and several community organizations in order to launch the Mobilis project, as well as the Équipe intégrée d’intervention et de soutien aux victimes d’exploitation sexuelle [translates approximately as: Integrated intervention and support team for victims of sexual exploitation], projects that work closely with the education sector.
Allows for the sharing and transfer of necessary information with other sectors, in accordance with confidentiality requirements;
Allows for a continuity of service based on the mandates, missions and competencies of everyone involved;
Develops and strengthens relationships of trust with intervention workers from other sectors working with the same desire to provide support and intervene on behalf of young women and girls at risk of being sexually exploited;
Makes it possible to more quickly track down at-risk youth, to directly address the issues, and to intervene more effectively on behalf of victims and against the criminal networks exploiting them.
How the institutional sector benefits from this collaboration
How the law enforcement sector benefits from this collaboration
Makes it possible to guarantee a follow-up of young victims or those at risk of being sexually exploited thanks to a centralized information databank;
Improves the knowledge of how other sectors operate, making it possible to better manage actions and address requests;
Facilitates referrals to the appropriate resources based on the needs expressed by the victims;
Humanizes relations between police officers and clients while establishing a relationship of trust.
Allows for the sharing and transfer of necessary information with other sectors;
Improves the understanding of the roles and mandates of stakeholders from other sectors, thereby promoting collaborative efforts;
How the community sector benefits from this collaboration
How the educational sector benefits from this collaboration
Optimizes prevention through the support and expertise from all sectors;
Increases the knowledge of other resources, thereby ensuring that youth receive appropriate referrals.
“From the outset, there was a certain synergy within Mobilis, as the people involved were very, very committed […]. A great deal of effort was put into communication, into sharing a common vision, a common language. The approach we use with victims is now the same across all sectors.”
— Pascale Philibert
Conseillère A.P.P.R. (Planning Programming and Research Officer) – Director of Youth Protection – CISSS in the region of Montérégie-Est
Description of the collaboration
The Équipe intégrée d’intervention et de soutien aux victimes d’exploitation sexuelle was born of the observations made during the first years of the Mobilis project. This project provides support and assistance to victims of sexual exploitation or persons at risk of being sexually exploited. The project targets youth between the ages of 16 and 25 with the goal of filling the gap left by the lack of services for those transitioning into adulthood and/or to strengthen their safety net in adulthood. There are collaborative efforts within the Équipe intégrée d’intervention et de soutien aux victimes d’exploitation sexuelle, consisting of a central facilitator, a psychosocial coordinator and investigators. Collaboration within this multi-sectoral team as well as with the institutional, community and education sectors ensures increased support with respect to youth interventions.
Impact of the collaborations
Improves youth referrals towards a range of services and resources available in the region;
Reinforces collaborative efforts, allowing for needs-based intervention, support for victims and investigation of criminal networks in order to limit them;
Optimizes active collaborative efforts;
Numerous arrests connected to sexual exploitation activities have been made, making it possible to identify close to one hundred girls who were either victims of, or connected to, street gangs. These girls were then able to receive follow-up care and support thanks to the CISSS in the region of Montérégie-Est.
Ongoing commitment on the part of stakeholders, which ensures the sustainability and continuity of initiatives;
The creation of a database, allowing the law enforcement sector to store this information over the long term;
The centralization of information allows for a more precise interpretation of the phenomenon, as well as more appropriate interventions.
Innovative aspects of the collaborations
“Within the scope of the mandates, our missions and our reciprocal interventions, there is a continuity of services and sharing of information, allowing us to respond to the multiple needs of our clients. Using a multi-sectoral approach makes us even stronger collectively.”
— Joëlle Safadi
Psychosocial follow-up coordinator – Agglomération de Longueuil police department
The collaboration at the heart of the Mobilis and Équipe intégrée d’intervention et de soutien aux victimes d’exploitation sexuelle initiatives projects, together with their community and institutional partners, enables collaborative action to support and assist victims and girls at risk of sexual exploitation, in addition to intervening in criminal networks.
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