Safety & Crime Prevention Block Parent Program
A Block Parent is any responsible adult who cares enough about the well-being of children and other persons to volunteer his or her home as a safe refuge in the event of an emergency.
A sign in the window lets children in distress know that a Block Parent is available to provide a haven.
The presence of a sign can act as a deterrent to potential offenders who can quickly conclude that the neighbourhood has its own safety support system.
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
- To provide the community with an organized method of protecting its children and adults.
- To aid in the prompt reporting of emergency problems to the Police Service.
WHO MAY BE A BLOCK PARENT
Any responsible citizen, aged 18 years and over who:
- Cares about the well being of everyone, especially children
- Is screened by the Police Service
- Is willing to provide help when available
WHAT DOES A BLOCK PARENT DO
A block parent is expected to:
- Offer help from dangerous or frightening situations.
- Offer assistance to persons in distress by telephoning the police or home of the child.
- Assist the police by reporting suspicious or criminal activity in the neighbourhood.
- Remove their BLOCK PARENT sign when not available. (The sign is an indication to children and adults that someone is available and they will receive immediate help in the event of an emergency.)
All new Block Parents receive instructions on proper procedures.
THE BLOCK PARENT IS NOT EXPECTED TO:
- Provide food or beverage
- Provide toilet facilities
- Provide transportation
- Administer first aid
- Leave their home to break up fights
- Actively engage any dangerous person
WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN USE THE BLOCK PARENT HOME?
- When alarmed by strangers or vicious animals
- When they or a playmate are involved in an accident.
- When ill
- When lost
- When being bullied
COMMON EXCUSES FOR NOT BECOMING A BLOCK PARENT
I WORK ALL DAY - Even only a few hours each week is valuable
I AM NOT A PARENT - No one should stop caring about the safety of children and other adults. Retired people and single people may certainly be Block Parents.
I'LL ALWAYS HELP, SIGN OR NOT - Let the little ones know it! Most children are taught to be wary of strangers, but the Police have checked out a Block Parent.
I DON'T WANT TO OPEN MY DOOR TO STRANGERS - Naturally, if a hurt or frightened child seeks the assistance of a Block Parent, sanctuary would be offered. However, it is not necessary to allow strangers into your home. All that is required is for the parents or proper authorities to be contacted.
THERE ARE ENOUGH BLOCK PARENTS ON OUR BLOCK ALREADY - The more Block Parent homes there are the better protection for everyone. Large numbers are required as some Block Parents may only be available during a small part of each day or week.
BECOME A BLOCK PARENT
- Contact the Winnipeg Police Service Community Relations Unit at 204-986-6322, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Get involved in your community and contribute to
making it a safer place for everyone. Become a Block Parent today!
Visit the Winnipeg Block Parents Web Site at www.winnipegblockparents.mb.ca.