Block Parent Program (French: Le Programme Parents-Secours) is a
large, volunteer-based, child safety and crime prevention program
operating across 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.
2 Local and regional decline
3 See also
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
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 Ottawa.
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[when?] 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.
Block Parent Program of Canada
This article about an organization in
Canada is a stub. You can help