For Immediate Release
October 1, 2013
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Help protect children in your community!
Children deserve to grow up in a loving and caring environment, free from fear, harm and violence. While The Children’s Aid Society has the very important, legal responsibility to keep children safe, we can’t do this alone. We rely on the help of the public to keep our children safe, by being alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and making the call to help a child at risk of harm.
What are the signs of abuse and neglect? Unexplained injuries, fear of a specific adult, difficulty trusting others or making friends, sudden changes in eating or sleeping patterns, poor hygiene, secrecy and inappropriate sexual behaviour may be signs of family problems and could indicate a child is being abused or neglected.
Remember, you don’t need to be sure that a child is being abused or neglected – call The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk to share your concerns and 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. Wherever possible, the Society works with families to keep children safe and protected in the family home.
How can I show my support? The CAS of Haldimand and Norfolk will be participating in The Children’s Aid Foundation Team HOPE marathon in Toronto on Sunday, October 20th to raise awareness and funds for child abuse prevention in Canada. Please visit our website if you would like to support our team:
Also, many communities in Ontario are dressing in purple on Friday, October 18 to unite against child abuse. We invite you to join us!
If you have a concern for a child or for more information please call The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-227-5437, locally at (519) 587-5437, and/or visit our public website at www.cashn.on.ca or www.useyourvoice.ca .
Janice Robinson, B.A., M.S.W.