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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month


It’s October— Child Abuse ​Prevention Month – a reminder that everyone in the community has a role to play in protecting children from abuse and neglect. 



 

Dress Purpl​e Day
On October 24th, TCDSB will celebrate Dress Purple Day -- a day to raise awareness among students about the signs of abuse and neglect, and what to do if they or someone they know is being/or suspected of being abused or neglected. 
 
Communities across Ontario will Dress Purple on October 24th to break the silence and show their commitment to children’s rights to safety and well-being. On Dress Purple Day we acknowledge that it takes a village to keep kids safe. Everybody in the community plays a role in supporting children’s rights.
Download the Dress Purple Day poster here.
Twitter: @October_is_CAPM Hashtag: #iBreakTheSilence 
 
It is the policy of the Toronto Catholic District School Board that employees shall comply fully with the Child and Family Services Act and report forthwith any suspicion of child abuse or neglect of pupil of the Board directly to a Children’s Aid Society.  Procedures for the Investigation and Reporting of Child Abuse and the Record of Suspected Child Abuse Form can be found on the board website at: 
http://www.tcdsb.org/Board/Policies/Pages/S17.aspx 

Please contact your School’s Social Worker should you have any questions about this policy or procedures.  


Also, please see the important resources from Toronto Catholic Children’s Aid Society below:
  
 

 
Resources

UseYourVoice.ca
Watch and read stories of youth, families, foster and adoptive parents and workers.

 
ProtectChildren.ca
In order to protect children from sexual abuse, it's important to understand what it is, how it happens and how to recognize behaviour that may signal a child is in distress.

Who do I call to report suspicions of abuse or neglect regarding a student in my school?
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
416-395-1500



 
 
 
Child Abuse Prevention Month!

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month – a time when we reflect on the importance of reporting child abuse and neglect.
While it is the legal duty of doctors, teachers and others who work with children to report suspected child abuse, it is important that everyone is aware of the signs and knows how critical it is to take action. This year, we have once again partnered with the three other CASs in Toronto to create video segments answering some of the important questions about making a report to a CAS. We hope that you will take a moment to view the videos and learn more about this important responsibility.

We have also included links to a wealth of other material on our website, including the signs of child abuse and neglect, examples of abusive behavior, a guide to sexual abuse and FAQs to answer your questions about calling a children’s Aid Society.
Remember, we all have a duty to report child abuse and neglect. Learn more at:
www.torontoccas.org/whentocall. 

The Duty to Report
Child Abuse Prevention Month is an important time of year when the Catholic Children’s Aid Society reminds the community of its responsibility to speak out for children who are victims of abuse or neglect.  
 
Through our annual Child Abuse Prevention Campaign, we collaborate with Toronto’s Children’s Aid Societies to spread awareness of the signs of child abuse and neglect and the critical role of community members in reporting any concern that a child may be in need of protection.
The campaign is a call for neighbours, families, friends and professionals to speak up for the most vulnerable members of the community - our children.  Approximately 90% of the calls we receive about child abuse and neglect are from individuals and professionals.
 
For more information, this Child Abuse Prevention Brochure is a great resource which details the various types of abuse children and youth may be faced with, the process of making a phone call to report and information on the signs of abuse.
In addition, further information about child abuse and reporting is available on our website. Remember, we all have a duty to report child abuse and neglect and ensure that our children are safe and cared for.

If you have not already, we hope you will like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and let your friends and family know about this resource. Each day we will be sending out tips, information, links to relevant articles and other resources to help everyone understand the signs of child abuse and how to report it.  
 
Hear From our Experts
CAS staff answers some of your frequently asked questions about reporting child abuse.
 
Child Abuse Prevention Brochure
Helping protect children in your community
 
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: It's your Duty
Important information from The Ministry of Child and Youth
 
Request a Speaker
Invite one of our speakers to visit your school to host a presentation about child abuse and neglect.
 
 
 
 
Other resources:
 
 
 
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