The CAP-ESPACE program is unique in Quebec. It is one of the very few whose actions address both adults and preschool and elementary-level children. The program includes three inseparable workshops. These workshops are offered to the staff, then parents and other adults, and lastly to all the children in a school, daycare centre, recreational or sport group, or any other child-based environment.

The impact of the CAP-ESPACE workshops has been evaluated and the results of the research are conclusive. They have been the subject of various scientific publications in Quebec and elsewhere.

The CAP-ESPACE program is offered by the ESPACE organizations and is the method favored for doing prevention of ALL forms of violence affecting children. The program is offered to children ages 3 through 12, as well as the adults in their entourage (in schools, daycare centres, recreational or sports organizations, etc.).



Why choose ESPACE ?

So that the children can be sucessful in their endeavours, because CAP-ESPACE contributes to :

Renforcing self-esteem /Learning to find solutions / Problem solving/ Self-assertion, learning to set one’s limits / Déveloping autonomy / Quality social relationship/ Learning to communicate and cooperate /Adopting healthy and safe behaviours / Evolving in a safe environment  / Equipping parents, adults in their entourage, school and daycare personnel, etc.

CAP-ESPACE Obejctives 

  1. Reduce children’s vulnerability to violence
  2. Teach children effective prevention strategies
  3. Offer the possibility of help to children in need
  4. Sensitive adults to violence against children and their role in prevention
  5. Prepare adults to deal with disclosures
  6. Create self-help networks
  7. Make child abuse prevention a public issue

Parents, adults, school staff, daycare ans kindergarten staff 

Subjects broached with adults before presenting the children’s workshop

  • Causes of violence and how to prevent it
  • An outline of the CAP-ESPACE children’s worshop
  • Daily prevention and positive discipline
  • How to know if a child is avictim of violence
  • How to deal with disclosure when a child confides in you
  • Available resources for children and adults

All staff and children receive the booklet Activities book to complement the CAP-ESPACE program. Which is useful for continuing the children’s violence prevention education.

A Pratical Guide for parents provides  adults useful information for continuing their children’s violence prevention education

Children’s workshop

The children’s workshop are adapted for the various age groups according to five levels:

  • Daycare
  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary Cycle 1
  • Elementary Cycle 2
  • Elementary Cycle 3

The workshop all use the same vocabulary with regard to the basic notions and strategies taught. However, they differ in the role-play situations presented, and offer more specific information for certain concepts according to the children’s level of cognitive development.

Subjects broached in the children’s workshop

  • Rights that everyone has and rules to be respected
  • Bullying between children
  • Assaukts commited by someone known or strangers
  • Aggressors’ tricks and strategies
  • Various aspects of violence
  • Problem solving
  • Effective prevention strategies
  • Local ressources

During the workshop a team of facilitators encourages the children’s active participation, enabling them to practice the prevention strategies discussed and ensure their comprehension.

By participating in the CAP-ESPACE workshop, the children come to develop an assertive attitude, leading to safer behaviours. What’s more, they learn concrete strategies for staying safe. Children are less vulnerable to violence if they can:

  • Identify their rights and those of others;
  • Assert themselves, say no to protect their rights or when they feel they are in danger;
  • Turn to friends for support;
  • Ask trusted adults for help;
  • Use self-defence when necessary



Individual meetings 

After the workshop, the children have a free period and, on a voluntary basis, are invited to individually meet with one of the facilitators. This is a privileged time to answer any questions they might have, verify their comprehension of the subjects discussed during the workshop and, if necessary, offer them support or even refer them to the proper resource if they need help.


ESPACE favours a children’s-milieu approach by raising awareness among all the adults and children in it. In the child’s environment, ESPACE is a force that brings together and mobilizes the energies of the parents, staff , other school and community professionals in order to create support networks.

Our work in raising awareness and mobilizing communities through children’s milieus is part of our vision to bring about social change, essential to eliminating violence, or at least making children’s environments safer places.



  • Public and private elementary schools
  • Daycare centres
  • Early childhood education centres
  • Family daycare
  • Recreational or sports clubs
  • Family-based community groups
  • Etc.



ESPACE organizations provide additional tools to the children, the educational staff and the parents in the form of activity books and A Practical Guide for Parents. Schools and daycare centres also have access to the NFB’s Rights from the Heart series – – animated short films perfect for children.

How to deal with bullying at school? Build a healthy culture within the school, end bullying in 9 simple steps. Bullying or conflict? What is the difference? (document available in French only, soon to be translated)

Parents and bullying at school. My child is a victim of bullying at school? What can I do? (document available in French only, soon to be translated)


Our vision

Our vision : A Quebec where preventing of all forms of violence against children is a collective priority.

Where the whole community rallies behind ESPACE, that it sees, hears and talks about violence against children. That it feels responsible of the present and future safety and well being of all children, it’s children.

Where children have safer living environments. That always more abusers are reported.

Where together we make sure that always less and less children fall victims to violence and have to suffer it’s consequences


That always more children are able to have a safe childhood, free from violence.

At ESPACE, every action tends to offer children the chance to have a safe childhood, free from violence. It is our purpose, our daily commitment.

Preventing violence is not only giving children the tools they need to protect themselves against all forms of violence but also, and greatly, to raise awareness with adults on what their role is in prevention and equip them in helping children.

Favorite way : CAP-ESPACE program.


Feminism : The feminist movement aims on the recognition and respect of women’s rights and, at a larger scale, tends towards equality of every person’s rights in the respect of differences. The subsequent approach seeks to develop empowerment among people by giving them the tools they need to assert themselves in all aspects of their life. For ESPACE, it is possible to develop empowerment in the children  and their surrounding communities.  Feminist analysis also establishes links between abuses committed are acts of domination, oppression enforced by a person that is in a position of power, authority towards person.

The commitment to the values of independent community action is as important: the promotion of individual and collective self-reliance, a democratic functioning and the militant commitment with a view to bring about social change.

Principles that underlie the action of ESPACE

  • Children are persons in their own rights, that are not only the society’s future, but also its present;
  • Children have the right to feel safe, strong and free;
  • Children have the right to have their integrity respected, no matter their age, gender, race, ethnic origin, religion, etc., as enacted in the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989;
  • In general, children have the potential to resolve their difficulties;
  • The children’s protection is first and foremost the responsibility of their parents, but also these of all the adults of their community;
  • Adults have the responsibility to believe children, to take seriously their cries for help, and to accompany and support them in their initiative to solve their problems;
  • The abuser has the sole responsibility of the acts of violence he or she commits;
  • The preventive action needs to aim towards developing empowerment in children, adults and their living environments;

Unique expertise, approach and services

We are one of the few organizations that directly addresses violence against children in all its forms, by recognizing the concurrence of the different forms of violence.

The CAP-ESPACE program is unique in Quebec and one of the very few whose actions address both adults and preschool and elementary-level children.

We believe that children and the adults that surround them are capable of taking action. We teach them to recognize violence, how to recognize a potential aggressor and what strategies to apply. By promoting equality in all relationships by encouraging self-respect and respect for others, our approach enables children to acquire strategies that will be useful throughout their lives.

The impact of the ESPACE workshops has been evaluated and the results of the research are conclusive. They have also been the subject of several scientific publications in Quebec and elsewhere.

The ROEQ shares its expertise for use in research projects, provincial multi-sectorial working groups, conferences, symposiums, conventions, and offers consultations for organizations outside of Quebec who are interested in the ESPACE approach.

Here are some of the results of the research on the CAP-ESPACE program.

95% of the children enjoyed the workshop.

96%  of the children would like ESPACE to com back again.

76% of the children. said that following the workshop they spoke about a program with their parents.

98,1% of pantes who participated specidied that the workshop met their expectations and that the information received was useful.

Following the workshop, close to half the parents reported an increase in the frequency of the following behaviours: the child appears to have greater self-confidence, expresses their like ant dislikes, resolves conflicts, is more assertive and independent.

The vast majority of parents felt that their participation in the workshop helped them communiate with their chlidren on the subject of assault.


Marie-Vincent Foundation

The Marie-Vincent Foundation underscores the exceptional contribution and excellence in the struggler against chil abuse and negligence or in the prevention oh these situations.

Rights and Freedom Prize

The Rights ans Freedoms Prize emphasizes the excellent work done in Quebec by persons or groups working to defend human and youth rights.

Prix annuel Desjardins de l’éducation

The Prix annuel Desjardins de l’éducation was awarded to the ROEQ for the excellence of its educative program in preventing violence against children.

Excellence Persillier-Lachapelle

The Prix d’excellence Persillier-Lachapelle in the category of promotion-prevention, awarded by the Minister of Health as Social Services, highlights the excellence of community groups.

” The way you present your workshops is well adapted to the children’s age. You know how to make them feel at ease and your examples and explanations keep in mind the children’s developmental stage. Thank you so much your workshops, your tips, your approach and your enthusiasm!” Teacher-elementary school


Regroupement des organismes ESPACE du Québec – ROEQ

ROEQ’s main actions

Support the consolidation of the ESPACE organizations members of the ROEQ and the implementation of ESPACE organizations throughout Quebec;

Share the expertise developed regarding prevention of violence against children and collaborate with different networks: community-based, research, government, public, etc.;

Collaborate with all the different medias to raise awareness and inform the general population on the issue of violence prevention against children and the possible solutions;

Conceive not only training and evaluation tools but also raising awareness;

Appeal to all the different actors in the community (government, ministries, schools, organizations) when deemed necessary.

ROEQ’s Mission

That always more children are able to have a safe childhood, free from violence. le ROEQ vise à renforcer les organismes ESPACE du Québec et les soutenir dans leurs actions vouées à prévenir la violence faite aux enfants. Il regroupe et accrédite les organismes ESPACE au Québec, et s’assure du respect des valeurs, des principes et de l’analyse qui doivent sous-tendre les actions d’ESPACE.

Le ROEQ voit à maintenir un programme éducatif de qualité qui répond aux besoins des enfants et des adultes du Québec ainsi qu’aux exigences des milieux de vie des enfants en matière de prévention de toutes les formes de violence. Guidé par le but de rejoindre toujours plus d’enfants et d’adultes au Québec, il travaille à développer les outils de prévention et de promotion d’ESPACE, de son programme et des organismes.

Le ROEQ demeure au fait de l’actualité et des développements touchant de près son champ d’action, appuie des actions communautaires en lien avec sa mission, et représente ESPACE auprès des instances gouvernementales.

You would to established an ESPACE organization certified by the ROEQ?

Step 1: Communicate with the ROEQ

Consequently the coordinating team will be able to tell you if an organization already exists in your region or if they are presently implementing an organization.

The ROEQ supports and guides any new organization every step of the way and is also responsible to ensure the training of the team according to the certification process in effect at the ROEQ.

Step 2: The concertation

Assembling a group if adults that wants to implicate themselves to set up a resource dedicated to prevention.

Step 3: Rooted into the community

Get the support of the different actors in the community (other community organizations, Youth Center, CLSC ou CISSS, schools, daycares, etc.)

Step 4: Implementation

Find the necessary funding to ensure a minimum of permanent personnel. Start the incorporation procedures of a non-profit organization. Build the future team of facilitators and start the ESPACE training. Reach out to the general population so that your organization becomes known to them and raise awareness in the community about the issue of violence against children in order to get them involved and mobilised.



Because the ROEQ does not have sufficient funding, it cannot financially support the implementation of a new organization. The organization itself needs to obtain the necessary financial support through diverse resources within its region.

The main sources of funding can be: Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (programme de soutien aux organismes communautaires ), Centraide, Service Clubs, Foundations, Religious Orders, Fund-raising activities ans events, etc.


MERCI! Votre don permet de créer de nouveaux outils de prévention et de faire en sorte que toujours plus d’enfants puissent vivre une enfance en sécurité et sans violence!

En indiquant vos coordonnées, vous recevrez un reçu de charité (20$ et +). Vos coordonnées ne seront pas utilisées à d’autres fins que vous envoyer le reçu un un ruban bleu dans le cadre de la Journée nationale des enfants le 20 novembre. Ils seront pas conservées