Changes have been made to the provincial protocol protecting children from abuse.

Officials say the protocol has been shortened to make it easier to understand and clearly define the roles of each person in a case of suspected abuse.

Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer says the new protocol is important because every child has the right to grow up free from violence.

“Ensuring that young people are safe and protected is everyone’s responsibility, which is why this protocol is so important,” said Harpauer.

Advocate for Children and Youth, Bob Pringle, also commended the new protocol saying it will be easier to understand and implement.

The changes have come from a collaboration of various government ministries on the provincial Child Abuse and Sexual Exploitation Committee.

The plan looks to forge new ways to work together to achieve meaningful change and better outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our society.

The changes coincide with Violence Protection Week, proclaimed on Monday.