Ontario's Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA) requires by law those who perform professional or official duties with respect to children to report suspected child abuse where there are reasonable grounds. Niagara Children’s Centre staff are obliged to immediately report suspected and/or actual harm of a child to the Children's Aid Society (CAS) and/or Family and Children’s Services Niagara (FACS). Centre staff are required to report abuse or harm that is physical, emotional, sexual or neglectful in nature.
What is Physical Child Abuse?
Physical abuse can include items such as beating, slapping, hitting, pushing, throwing, shaking and/or burning.
What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse happens when a parent or other person in charge of a child sexually molests or uses a child for sexual purposes or knowingly fails to protect a child from sexual abuse.
What is Emotional Abuse?
Emotional abuse can include yelling at, screaming at, threatening, frightening, bullying, and/or humiliating the child, as well as name-calling or saying things like: “You're no good,” “You're worthless,” or showing little to no physical affection or attention toward the child.
What is Neglect?
Neglect includes not providing proper food and clothing, supervision or medical care.
What To Do If You Witness or Suspect Abuse
To report the abuse of a child, contact Children’s Aid at 1-888-937-7731. Children’s Aid operates a 24-Hour Emergency Service. You can also call 911 for emergencies.