Child abuse & exploitation


If you wish to report a child abuse matter such as any that follow, please call 204-986-6222. Child Abuse investigators may become involved many incident types.

  • Child deaths or life threatening injuries to persons under the age of 18.
  • Physical or sexual child abuse committed by members of the family unit, or people in a position of trust or authority.
  • Suicides of a children or youth, particularly children in care.
  • Third party sexual assaults on children under the age of 14 years, so that is age 13 and under.
  • Threats against a child 17 years of age and under, committed by an adult member of the family unit or other person in a position of trust or authority over that child.
  • Physical and Sexual assaults on persons deemed "vulnerable persons" due to their diminished mental capacity or limited ability to communicate.
  • Historical physical and/or sexual assaults where the victim was 13 years of age or under.

Important facts

  • Members of the Child Abuse Unit work closely with Child & Family Services and are mandated to notify them of all reported child abuse cases under the provincial Child and Family Services Act.
  • Interviews of child victims are generally videotaped. At times, those videotapes may also be used to form part of the child's testimony, thereby reducing the stress of court.
  • In 2013 the Winnipeg Police Service partnered with others in Child Protection to open Snowflake Place for Children and Youth which is a Child Advocacy Centre where investigators endeavor to complete all child interviews. The goal is to provide a child friendly environment for victims and their families to feel safe and supported. Interviews with Child and Family Services as well as preparations for court can also take place there. Snowflake Place for Children and Youth does not take direct referrals, rather families are referred there directly by police.



If you are aware of a child at immediate risk of online sexual assault or exploitation, call 9-1-1 immediately or call the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6222.

Child sexual abuse and exploitation that occurs through the use of the Internet and related computer or telecommunication systems is investigated by specifically trained members of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit.  These investigators also work closely with the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre in Ottawa as well as, and other local and international police child exploitation units.

If you find child pornography online or believe that a child is being targeted by an online predator, report the offence to

Was this information helpful?

How can we make this web page better?

Information collected will be used to improve our website. Do not use this form to submit a request for service or information because it will not be forwarded to departments for response. To submit a request for service or information, contact 311.

This form is not intended to collect personal information; however, any personal information you choose to include in your comments is collected by the City of Winnipeg under the authority of section 36(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of improving our website and will not be used or disclosed for any other purposes, except as authorized by law. Contact the Corporate Access and Privacy Officer by mail (City Clerk’s Department, Susan A. Thompson Building, 510 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1B9) or by telephone (311) if you have any questions about the collection of this information.