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Saskatchewan considers abuse prevention training for groups that work with kids

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is exploring whether organizations that work with children and get provincial money could do more to protect kids.

Premier Brad Wall says ministries are looking at whether funding could be conditional based on whether the organization has training on how to identify and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment or discrimination.

The training would be in addition to a criminal background check of adults working with children.

The premier says the intent is not to discourage people from volunteering, but to first and foremost protect children.

Wall says it could be similar to a new youth certification strategy being announced Friday in Swift Current.

Swift Current is where former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy and several other boys were sexually abused in the 1980s by their junior hockey coach, Graham James.

The Canadian Press

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