Children are the future and their well-being must be a priority for everyone in Ontario. As the most vulnerable members of society, they deserve a life that is free from fear and violence.
Did you know that we all have a duty to report abuse or suspected abuse of a child?
The Child and Family Services Act is clear on the civic responsibilities of ordinary citizens and their duty to report any concerns of abuse and neglect to Children’s Aid Societies. There is a special responsibility on the part of professionals who work with children such as teachers, child care workers and doctors to report concerns of abuse and neglect to Children’s Aid Societies.
The role of CCAS is to investigate the calls made by the public using a professional and standardized process. The person making the report should bring forward their concerns and CCAS will determine if there is a sufficient basis to warrant further assessment of the concerns about the child.
We urge you to help protect children from harm.Be the eyes and ears for children and call us at 416-395-1500 about abuse or suspicions of abuse.
It's important for all of us to increase our awareness about child abuse and neglect, to learn the signs and some of the underlying causes. Too many children lack the nurturing family and community supports essential for them to thrive and succeed. This has resulted in too many families coping with stressors and challenges affecting their ability to provide a safe, secure home for their children.
We are one of four Children's Aid Societies in Toronto. Funded by the Government of Ontario and mandated by the Child and Family Services Act of Ontario, we provide child protection services 7 days-a-week, 24-hours-a day.
We work with Toronto's Catholic community to protect children from neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse.