The Umingmak Centre has been open for 5 and half months. We have coordinated 31 investigations with the RCMP Special Victims Unit, Child and Family Services and the paediatricians. We see 3-4 clients and their families per day for follow-up services and therapy, and have held bi monthly clinics for pediatricians to provide follow-up exams.
During the COVID pandemic, we have closed the Centre except for investigations of abuse. Many of our clients don't have access to internet due to a lack of devices so we have purchased tablets so we can connect and continue therapy sessions. We also loaded them with educational and wellness activities. We have created wellness care packages and given out food vouchers. We have also started one-on-one outdoor activities with each client so that our advocates can still maintain the relationship.
We still continue interagency meetings meetings with our partners online. After 2 community consultations, meeting with over 40 partners, we developed a Nunavut-specific mental health assessment for children and youth and a training program for professionals and paraprofessionals who wish to increase their skill and knowledge working with children and youth. A community of practice has arisen out of the group that attended training and continues to meet bi monthly online.
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