Did you know that everyone in Ontario has a “duty to report” any reasonable concerns about child abuse and neglect – whether they have been proven or not – to a children’s aid society? This duty applies especially to professionals who work in fields where they may hear stories of child abuse and neglect as part of their work.
Both the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton and the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton are working together with the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) to launch a province-wide consultation on “Duty to Report”, which refers to the legal requirement under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act to report child safety and well-being concerns to Children’s Aid Societies. The mandatory reporting of child safety concerns has been legislated for almost forty years.
Here is the survey link:
The goal of the Duty to Report consultation is for us to learn about your organization’s experience with duty to report, including identifying concerns and challenges so that we can improve supports and services around duty to report across the province.
The feedback we receive from our consultations will help to ensure that Duty to Report is implemented in a way that reflects child welfare’s strategic vision of a system that is based on equity, respect and empowerment, consistent and excellent services, and ultimately, child safety and well-being.
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your organization’s experience with Duty to Report. Please answer the survey questions based on this experience. Where possible, we encourage you to complete the survey as a group or team, to ensure the most comprehensive, inclusive responses. If you need to identify a specific Children’s Aid Society, please do so in the comments section.
Please respond to the survey by November 30, 2019.