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Duty to Report

chartYour Duty to Report

If a child discloses abuse or you suspect that a child may be in need of protection, and that child is under 18, you are obligated to report that abuse directly to the Children's Aid Society.  On January 1, 2018, Ontario raised the age of protection from 16 to 18. A professional, or member of the public, who is concerned that a 16-or 17- year-old is or may be in need of protection may, but is not required to, make a report to a society and the society is required to assess the reported information. 

From the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Website:

"We all  share a responsibility to protect children from harm. This includes situations where children are abused or neglected in their own homes. Ontario's Child, Youth and Family Services Act 2017(CYFSA) provides for protection for these children."

"Section 125 of the CYFSA states that the public, including professionals who work with children, must promptly report any suspicions that a child is or may be in need of protection to a children's aid society (society). The CYFSA defines the phrase "child in need of protection" and explains what must be reported to a society. It includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, and risk of harm.

This brochure explains the "duty to report" section of the CYFSA and answers common questions about your reporting responsibilities. It also includes relevant portions of Section 125 for your reference. It does not provide specific legal advice. Please consult a lawyer or a society about any specific situation."


For additional information, please access the  

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Website