Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: It’s Your Duty


Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: It’s Your Duty

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This factsheet was developed by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services.


We all share a responsibility to protect children from harm. This includes situations where children are abused or neglected in their own homes. Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) provides for protection for these children.

Section 72 of the Act states that the public, including professionals who work with children, must promptly report any suspicions that a child is or may be in need of protection to a children’s aid society (CAS). The Act defines the phrase ‘child in need of protection’ and explains what must be reported to a CAS. It includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, and risk of harm.

This brochure explains the ‘duty to report’ section of the Act and answers common questions about your reporting responsibilities. It also includes relevant portions of Section 72 for your reference. It does not provide specific legal advice. Please consult a lawyer or a CAS about any specific situation.

Government of Ontario. (2010). Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: It’s Your Duty. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario.

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