For Immediate Release
October 1, 2016
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the community’s role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the Purple Ribbon campaign. We’re all part of a larger family we call community. By working together we can make a difference in the lives of children and youth.
Please remember, you don’t need to be sure that a child is being abused or neglected – when you call The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk to share your concerns, we will determine if a child is in danger. The CAS responds to reports about a child’s safety and provides child protection, family support or referrals to other community services. We work first and foremost to keep families together. In 2015-16 we worked with 4,445 children, 95% of them in their own homes or with kin.
The CAS investigates allegations of abuse: physical, sexual or emotional; but also responds to concerns of neglect which might be something that is not being done for a child. We also connect families with services or arrange for volunteer assistance.
Community GO PURPLE Day is Wednesday, October 19th! The CAS is collaborating with local school boards to invite all staff and students to wear purple on this day, as well as all community members. Help raise awareness about child abuse #iBREAKthe silence
What can you do? Wear purple on October 19th, wear a purple ribbon in October to signify the importance of child abuse prevention, become a kin or foster caregiver, volunteer as a driver, mentor or board member. Please visit our website at www.cashn.on.ca for more information about our services or to watch a video about reporting.
If you have a concern for a child or would like more information, please call The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-227-5437, locally at (519) 587-5437.
Bernadette Gallagher, PhD, RSW