The BLOCK PARENT PROGRAM (French : LE PROGRAMME PARENTS-SECOURS) is a
large, volunteer-based, child safety and crime prevention program
Canada . Participants in the program (Block Parents)
place signs on their homes indicating that the house is a
police-screened, safe home for community members in distress,
particularly children. If someone is in need of help and sees a block
parent sign, they know there is someone home who can help them and
call the appropriate emergency service if necessary.
The program now includes 300,000 participants.
* 1 History
* 2 Local and regional decline
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The program began in
London, Ontario in 1968. Independent programs
began appearing across
Canada until 1983 when a national committee was
formed and the national Block Parents Program of
Canada was created in
1986. The first school to have Block Parent program was Arthur
Stringer on Shaftesbury Avenue in Westminster Park.
LOCAL AND REGIONAL DECLINE
Some provinces and communities are discontinuing or proposing to
discontinue the Block Parent program, for various reasons.
Occasionally, regional programs have been revived after shutting down.
* In March 2005 the
British Columbia Block Parent Society asked
volunteers to remove the signs from homes.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island in November 2006, the Block Parent Program
was discontinued because it was "unable to recruit a provincial
* The program was discontinued in 2008 in the City of
* In the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo , the number of
participating homes when the program began in the area was over 3,000.
Participation suffered an enormous decline until recently by more than
50%. There were less than 1,500 homes involved in the program, and
many positions such as event coordinator and treasurer were not
filled. This decrease has been attributed to the police checks that
are now required for program applicants and those already
participating. These factors nearly caused the program in the region
to shut down in February 2009 until a group of volunteers revived it.
National Safe Place (US)
Safety House Program (Australia)
* ^ "Block Parent program returning to Durham". The Post.
2009-11-06. Archived from the original on 2013-01-01.
* ^ "Block Parent signs disappearing". CBC News. 2005-03-23.
Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
* ^ "P.E.I. Block Parents shut down". CBC News. 2006-11-15.
Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
* ^ "Block Parent may close doors". Cambridge Times. metroland
media. Jan 29, 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
* ^ "New kids on the block again". Cambridge Times. metroland
media. May 14, 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2015.