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Duty to Report Abuse

You Can Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

 

Duty to Report –

Types of abuse such as:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
  • Physical Neglect
  • Emotional Maltreatment
  • Exposure to Domestic or Interpersonal Violence
  • Failure to provide essential medical treatment

 

Duty to Report – 

Anyone having reasonable suspicion that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare has been, or may be, impacted by abuse or neglect has a legal duty to report such information immediately to a local Ministry of Social Services Child Protection Office, First Nations Child and Family Services Agency or police.

Even if you believe someone else is reporting the situation, you still have a duty to report.

The Duty to Report overrides professional confidentiality codes when there is reason to believe that a child may be abused or neglected.

Failure to report or reluctance to share appropriate information can contribute to continued abuse and even death of a child.

Failure to report child abuse or neglect may result in professional or legal consequences. There are no legal consequences for a report made in good faith.

If a child discloses abuse to you, do not ask leading questions or insert information. The circumstances must be conveyed in the child’s own words.

 

What to Report – 

Your report should include:

• Your name, telephone number and relationship to the child (This information remains confidential, and may be provided anonymously; unless your testimony is required in a

court proceeding);

• Your immediate concerns about the child’s safety;

• The child’s location;

• The child’s name;

• The child’s age and gender;

• Information about the situation including your observations or, disclosures made to you;

• Information about the family, caregivers and alleged abuser;

• Other children who may be at risk because of the situation; and

• Any other relevant information.

 

Who do you call?

Ministry of Social Services Child Protection Lines:

Regina (South): 1-844-787-3760

Prince Albert (North): 1-866-719-6164

Saskatoon (Centre): 1-800-274-8297

or Local First Nations Child and Family Services

After Hours Crisis Services:

Prince Albert: 306-764-1011

Regina: 306-569-2724

Saskatoon: 306-933-6200

Other Communities: Local Police/RCMP

 

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