|Block Parent Program|
What is the Block Parent Program
For over 35 years, the Block Parent Program has been helping to make our communities safer. Throughout Canada, the red and white Block Parent® sign is a symbol of a safe refuge where assistance is available. Police, government departments, educators, sponsors and volunteers support the Block Parent® goal of providing safer communities for children and other citizens.
The mission of the Block Parent Program is to provide immediate assistance through a safety network and offer supportive community education programs.
Block Parent volunteers are not expected to:
What does a Block Parent do?
A Block Parent may be called upon to offer their home as a place of safety when someone is in a dangerous or frightening situation such as:
A Block Parent assists persons in distress by telephoning the appropriate emergency service (police, fire, ambulance, etc.) when necessary.
Block Parents are responsible adults who care sufficiently about the well-being of children and others to volunteer their homes as a temporary refuge in an emergency.
All Block Parents are screened by the police and are given instructions on the program by local volunteers. The Block Parent window sign is shown only when someone over the age of 18 is available to answer the door. If the sign is not displayed, this does not mean that no one is home, only that the Block Parent is not available to offer immediate assistance. In addition to the primary goal of making communities safer for children, the Block Parent Program deters criminals and trouble makers.