Everyone needs to work together to keep children safe. October is Child Abuse Prevention Month and at Peel CAS this month is used as an opportunity to raise awareness of how everyone can work together and “break the silence,” that often surrounds child abuse.
“Last year Peel CAS worked with more than 10,000 families,” says Rav Bains, Chief Executive Officer, Peel CAS. “Child abuse does exist in our community and we encourage people to call CAS if you are concerned about the safety and well being of a child.”
Peel CAS partnered with the Peel District School Board and held an assembly at Harold F. Loughin Elementary School on October 17, 2017 to officially launch the month. “When a student faces challenges at home or school, it can impact the way they learn, grow and interact with others,” says Peter Joshua, Director of Education at the Peel board. “At the Peel District School Board, we are committed to the well-being of our students by working together as a community to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect to ensure that all children are safe, healthy and protected.”
“We are excited to have so much support from the school boards, the Region and our community partners,” adds Bains. “By coming together we unite our voices to speak up for kids. A call to CAS can lead to an offer to help a family that may need support.”
Everyone is invited to show their support wear purple on October 24, 2017 which is DRESS PURPLE day. Photos can be shared through social media using the hashtag #IBREAKTHESILENCE.
PHOTO - Students and staff at Harold F. Loughin Elementary School DRESS PURPLE to show their support and help launch Child Abuse Prevention Month.