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Children's aid: Information for parents (Fact sheet)

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How does a CAS hear that a child might not be safe?

If anyone has good reason to believe that a child under 16 has been harmed or might be harmed, they must tell a CAS. This includes relatives, friends, and neighbours. But this does not include your lawyer.

Some people who work with children must tell a CAS or the police can charge them with a crime. This includes teachers, doctors, nurses, daycare workers, family counsellors, social workers, and religious leaders.

If the child is 16 or 17, people can choose to report their concerns to a CAS, but they do not have to.