Child abuse is a world-wide problem, prevalent in every segment of society. Child abuse and neglect crosses all social, cultural, religious and professional boundaries.
Reporting Suspected Cases: It's your duty
Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies rely on concerned citizens to report safety, health and well being concerns about children and youth to protect children from harm. They served more than 27,000 children last year who suffered some form of abuse or neglect.
Ontarians can learn more about child abuse and neglect, how to recognize it, and what happens when you call your local child welfare agency at https://www.oacas.org/childrens-aid-child-protection/duty-to-report/.
In addition, the Ontario Ministry of Youth and Child Services has published the brochure Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect: It's Your Duty.
Signals for Recognizing Child Abuse
Signals for recognizing abuse could include, but are not limited to:
|Fractured teeth||Extremely fearful or compliant, agitated, wary of adults, may cringe or flinch if touched|
|Missing teeth in unexpected areas||Overly quiet, passive, withdrawn, vacant stare|
|Trauma in which the explanation does not fit the injury||Aggressive or eager to please, extreme attention seeking|
|Jaw and facial fractures||Unkempt or dirty appearance, too neat or clean, too well-mannered|
|Burns, scars inside the mouth||Diminished self-esteem|
|Ears and nose damage||Depression|
|Bruises or other injuries in various stages of health to the face, neck||Unusual delay or avoidance of appointments|