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Centre for Children Committing Offences

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Established formally in 2001 with private funding from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the mandate of the Centre for Children Committing Offences is to advance evidence-based approaches for children under the age of 12 who have had, or are at risk of having, police conflict resulting from their aggressive and/or delinquent behaviour.

With a Canadian focus, and international presence, our centre works collaboratively with researchers, policy makers, clinicians and other professionals to advance research and social policy, conduct training, and strategically disseminate knowledge so that communities have at their fingertips the very best of the best in terms of programs and approaches that prevent at-risk children from becoming tomorrow’s criminals.

We do this through 1) gender-specific programs that serve aggressive and antisocial children and their families, 2) risk assessment guides that predict risk of future antisocial potential in young children, and 3) police-community protocols that establish efficient referral mechanisms to organizations that serve this specific population of children.


My son's greatest lesson came in the form of TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for his own actions. Elijah, a child who once denied every single wrong-doing adamantly, even those committed in plain view of many people, now steps up to the plate when he makes an inappropriate choice, takes responsibility for it, apologizes and works towards making it right. The lessons we have BOTH learned in SNAP transfer to real-life situations every day, and it continues to leave me in awe when I see and hear Elijah 'using his SNAP.' He actually takes great pride in knowing he’s making good choices – that change in my child alone is worth $1 million!

- Mother of a SNAP Child