Duty to Report

Everyone, including members of the public and professionals who work closely with children is required by law to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Anyone with reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection must report it to a Children’s Aid Society.

As a parent/caregiver/guardian, it is also your responsibility to report any concerns regarding caregivers who may be involved with your child. Child abuse happens when a child’s parent or other person in charge harms or neglects a child.

Examples of abuse or neglect include but are not limited to:

What is physical abuse?

Physical abuse may consist of beating, slapping, hitting, pushing, throwing, shaking, burning.

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse happens when a parent or other person in charge sexually molests or uses a child for a sexual purpose or knowingly fails to protect a child from sexual abuse.

What is emotional abuse?

Emotional abuse may consist of yelling at, screaming at, threatening, frightening, humiliating, or bullying a child, name-calling or saying harmful comments, showing little to no physical attention or affection.

What is neglect?

Not providing proper food and clothing, supervision, medical care.

Within our catchment areas, the agencies to contact are:

North Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services 1-705-360-7100

Payukotayno James & Hudson Bay Family Services Toll-Free: 1-888-298-2916

Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services  Toll -Free: 1-800-461-1293