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Purple Ribbon Campaign

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Purple Ribbon

October is designated Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. To help raise awareness of the importance of this month, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk is participating in a province wide Purple Ribbon Campaign.
During the month of October, we will be distributing Purple Ribbons in an effort to raise awareness of the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to encourage citizens in our communities to become involved in endeavours to end child abuse and neglect. This is an opportunity for the communities we serve to recognize the value of our children and the importance of childhood.
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If you have concerns about the safety of a child, please call 1-888-CAS-KIDS or 1-888-227-5437.


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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