As the parent, the most important thing you can do for your child is participate in their everyday life. Your commitment and support means your child will not go looking elsewhere for ways to belong.Police Officer and her daughter

  • Keep in touch. Create an open and supportive home environment so that your child feels comfortable talking to you. Make sure they know you're always there to listen.
  • Be involved. Instead of dropping your child at the mall or movie theatre, plan activities that you can enjoy together . Your involvement reminds your child that you are interested in what they're doing and love spending time with them.
  • Have rules. Establish family rules so your child has a clear sense of boundaries. When they know the exact consequences at stake, they are far less likely to misbehave.
  • Know their friends. Get to know your child's friends. By watching how your child interacts with friends, you can assess whether they need guidance on building positive relationships and avoiding peer pressure.
  • Offer variety. Expose your child to as many healthy experiences as possible so they will discover hobbies and activities that excite them and build their self-confidence. Praise your child's efforts and accomplishments, while underlining the importance of doing their best in school and at play.

Police Officer and his son.The youth of our city are an important part of the community, and the Ottawa Police works hard to encourage positive and proactive interaction between police, parents and youth. Whether through a School Resource Officers, the Ottawa Police Venturers Program, various community partnerships, education programs or the hundreds of neighbourhood events held every year, police routinely cooperate with parents and youth to improve our community.

The Ottawa Police Service also has a Manager of Strategic Youth Initiatives who can facilitate training sessions relating to youth issues and trends and also facilitate reviews of cases where specialized services may be required.

You can contact the Youth Section at: (613) 236-1222, extension 5355.

 For more information visit our Checklist for Parents

If your child has been a victim of crime

If your child is a victim of any crime - from stolen lunch money to sexual abuse - don't blame him or her. Listen, offer sympathy and report it to the proper authority.

If your child goes missing:

  • make a careful search of your home and surrounding properties;

  • check favourite play areas;

  • phone friends and relatives;

  • call police and be prepared to provide a full description. provides parents or legal guardians with support in finding their missing child, for more information or support contact toll free at 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477) or visit