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Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

07/01/14

If you have any suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, get help. Even though the idea of making a report with the Children’s Aid Society can seem very “official” - and therefore intimidating - it is important to demystify these beliefs in order to provide help in a time-efficient manner.

One of the biggest fears about reporting abuse or neglect is that we will inadvertently break up a family. Current data shows that 90% of children remain in their parents’ care; removal is a last-resort decision, and only occurs in cases where the child is in immediate danger.

Secondly, some worry about their identity being revealed to the family. Reports can be made anonymously. When reporting a suspicion, provide as much information as possible to assist in the assessment.

Even though it may feel like your report will not make a difference, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Every individual’s contribution can have an impact.

While not all suspicions and accusations of child abuse or neglect turn out to be true, all deserve serious attention and immediate action. Call 613-747-7800 immediately if you suspect child abuse or neglect.