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Purple Ribbon News Release on Child Abuse and Neglect


In a recent report, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) indicated that last year more than 27,000 children and youth under the age of 16 years received services for protection from suspected child abuse and neglect.
The report released today indicates that

  1. 1 in 100 of all of Ontario’s children received services from Children’s Aid Societies
  2. 152,879 allegations of abuse or neglect were received by the Societies
  3. 27,816 children were served by Children’s Aid Societies
  4. 24,955 families were supported by the Children’s Aid Societies to help them protect and care for their children

Child abuse is a concern for all Ontarians because many children are at risk of abuse or suffering from lack of proper care. “This societal problem needs everyone’s attention because too many families are coping with stressors and challenges affecting their ability to provide a safe, secure home for their children with insufficient services and support,” states Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director on the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.

Everyone has an ongoing duty to report when they see or hear that a child is suffering from any form of abuse from a parent, caregiver or adult whether physical, emotional or sexual. Everyone also has a ongoing duty to report if they learn that a child is living in appalling conditions, has no place to sleep or enough food to eat. All Ontarians have a responsibility to protect children by reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to their local Children’s Aid Society.

Children that are physically abused may have obvious bruises or marks on their body. Children abused emotionally or sexually may exhibit behavioural indicators and children who are neglected may be malnourished, appear unkempt or inappropriately dressed.

Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies are launching the Child Abuse Prevention Campaign on October to remind the public about everyone’s responsibility to protect children by reporting suspected child abuse because, as this year’s campaign states, “kids shouldn’t have to live with abuse.” Ontarians are encouraged to learn more about the signs of abuse, how to recognize it and report it to their local children’s Aid Society at

To read the report recently released by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Ontario’s Children in Care, visit www.oacas.org or www.cashn.on.ca

Reporting Abuse

Kids say the darndest things [ Video: courtesy of York Region CAS ]

Reporting child abuse and neglect – It’s your duty

We all share a responsibility to protect children from harm.

Anyone who has reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection must promptly report the suspicion and the information upon which it is based to the Children’s Aid Society. (Child and Family Services Act, (CFSA), section 72)

A child in need of protection is defined as a child who is or appears to be under the age of 16 years and who is or appears to be suffering from abuse and/or neglect. The abuse could be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect includes child abandonment, refusal to provide medical treatment, inattention to the child’s developmental condition or the parent’s unwillingness to provide services or treatment to a child who has committed an illegal act.

It is not necessary for you to be certain a child or youth is need of protection to make a report. “Reasonable grounds” refers to the information that an average person, exercising normal and honest judgement would need in order to make a decision to report. This protects you from civil liability. professionals are exempt from the rules of professional confidentiality when making a child protection report. Only solicitors may not divulge privileged information about their clients.

The CFSA also states that a person has an ongoing duty to report known or suspected child abuse. If you have any additional information or concerns regarding the safety of a child about whom you have made a report to the CAS you need to contact the Society again.

Referrals can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at (519) 587-5437 or 1-888-CAS-KIDS

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