It takes a village to raise a child. Sometimes it takes a call to move that village into action. Every day people find themselves in this kind of situation. The good news is that every year in Ontario, more than a hundred and seventy one thousand people speak up and call their local CAS with a concern about the safety or well-being of a child. And in 2013, children remained at home in 97% of all investigations.
Why and when?
Call when you have seen or heard something that has made you concerned about a child’s safety. There are many kinds of child abuse. Some of the signs are easy to recognize, many are not. You do not have to be sure that abuse is happening – use your best judgement. If you think a child needs help, please call us. We have skilled people waiting to talk to you on the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A highly trained intake worker will answer your call and will want as much information about the child and family as you can provide. We are uniquely placed to provide or connect children and families with the community supports and services they may need.
We need you
Our top priority is to assess whether a child is in immediate danger. We will also evaluate how we, along with our community partners can help the child and family address the challenges they may be facing. Speak up for kids and call Peel CAS if you have a concern. Children’s Aid can help but we can’t do it without you.