Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month
we all have a role to play
"It takes a village to keep kids safe". Keeping the most vulnerable members of our community safe and well-cared for is a responsibility we all share. If you have any reason to believe that a child or youth is in need of protection, or is at risk of harm, use your voice to speak up for them and make a call to Highland Shores Children's Aid. We can help. Our goal is to keep children at home with their family when it is safe to do so. According to the 2013 Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, in 2013 children remained at home in 97% of all CAS investigations.
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in communities across Ontario. The campaign is marked by the purple ribbon. This year Dress Purple Day takes place on October 24th, 2017. Hundreds of people across Ontario will don something purple on that day to help create awareness. We hope you'll join in! To launch this provincial day of action, the CN Tower in Toronto will be lit up in purple on October 23rd from sunset to sunrise. (A standard set light show will run for eight minutes at the top of every hour.)
Click on the link below to see a slideshow that showcases our 2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month Campaign where our many friends and partners stood united against child abuse. We hope to repeat that again this year!
We hope you'll also have a look through this interactive brochure to learn more about the campaign and with your help, how Children's Aid can assist families.
What else can You Do?
- Use your voice to break the silence! Call Highland Shores Children's Aid to report known, or suspected, child abuse or neglect. Call 800-267-0570 and someone will be there to assist you.
- Get educated. Learn to identify the subtle signs of child abuse or neglect.
- Learn how you can discipline without punishment. Read Be the Best Parent You Can Be.
- Know your duty. Read the Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect - It's Your Duty pamphlet from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.