Duty to Report. Help Protect Children in our Community

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CCASH) is calling on the community to help protect children from fear, harm and violence, and to support families in crisis.

CCASH is spreading the message that child safety and family welfare depend on the involvement of the community. It is every Ontarian’s responsibility to protect children, the most vulnerable members of our community, and report any suspicion that a child may be in need of protection. Our focus is on building awareness of the signs of child abuse and neglect and the role of the community in reporting any concern that a child may be at risk of harm.

CCASH supports the community’s most vulnerable children, youth and families to help create positive outcomes. Last year, CCASH received more than 2,800 referrals about possible abuse and neglect of children and youth. CCASH opened more than 1,000 investigations into suspected child abuse or neglect.

With an increased focus on working with families early on, the vast majority of cases children were able to remain at home while CCASH worked with families to strengthen their parenting capacity and create a more stable future for their children. Last year the CCASH provided services to more than 2,800 families and almost 6,000 children. The community members, foster families and child protection workers who assisted our children, youth and families in their times of need have impacted their lives in ways that will not be forgotten.

Every person in Hamilton has a responsibility to protect children from harm and help each child live a life free of fear and violence. To make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect please contact the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton at 905-525-2012 (Afterhours 905-522-8053)

Please take a minute and review the Speak Up For Kids  Brochure for more information on how you can help protect children in our community.