Last Year, Ontario Children’s Aid Societies investigated 77, 089 referrals concerning the safety and well-being of children and youth at risk of abuse and harm. 1,824 referrals were received by The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk.
Child abuse and neglect are societal and family issues. The goal of the Child Abuse Prevention Campaign in October is to raise awareness that public education and prevention are the best ways to end the neglect and abuse of children. It serves as a reminder to all of us that reporting suspected child abuse and neglect is everyone’s responsibility.
Visit us at the Caledonia Fair (October 1 – 4, 2009) and at the Norfolk County Fair (October 6 – 12, 2009) where we will be distributing free wrist bands and buttons to raise awareness and provide information about child abuse and neglect.
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk will also be fundraising for the Fresh Air Fund and providing information about adoption and fostering at our exhibit booth.
Hello and welcome to the new website for the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk. We have a new website. Let us know what you think of the new site and let us know about any things you would like to see included in the future. Feedback is a good thing and always appreciated.
We would like to see this new site as another gateway into the communities we serve. Take advantage of the interactive features of this site such as the polls and parenting information as we will be using the feedback to better serve our clients, children and community through both online and traditional services.
Thank you for visiting.
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