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Go Purple Day at St. Patrick Secondary School

The Toronto Catholic District School board joined forces with eight Toronto agencies on Go Purple Day to break the silence and raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect, highlighting that it is everyone’s duty to report suspected child abuse.
TCDSB staff and students board-wide, along with police and community agencies dressed in purple in honour of Go Purple Day. The launch event took place at St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School. 

Chair of the Board and Trustee Angela Kennedy offered greetings and shared her personal story about abuse. Also at the event were Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, MPP Sophie Kiwala, Superintendent John Shanahan, and representatives from Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Jewish Family & Child, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, and the Toronto District School Board. 

Students from St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School read A Tattle-tell Tale, a story about getting help to Grade 1 and 2 students from Earl Haig Public School. Part of a primary prevention series of children’s books, this story teaches children that, when they need help with a problem, there is a difference between tattling and telling. Together, the students made a commitment to break the silence.​
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Go Purple Day is a day to a raise awareness among students about the signs of child abuse and neglect and what to do if they, or someone they know, is being – or suspected of being – abused or neglected.
Last year, over 165,000 Ontarians reached out to Children’s Aid Societies with a child protection concern, with teachers and police making the most referrals. Ontario’s leading research study on child abuse and neglect shows children remained with their families in 97% of CAS investigations, a statistic that comes as a surprise to many people. Ontario’s child welfare system focuses the majority of its work on in-home, early-intervention services, based on the recognition that early intervention can reduce the need for more intrusive services later. Children’s Aid Societies supports include in-home visits from child welfare workers, and access to helpful services such as counselling, parenting workshops and substance abuse programs. 
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is proud to partner with like-minded community agencies that continue their work to ensure the safety and well-being of all children and youth. 
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