October is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Peel CAS needs your help to raise awareness about the importance of calling Children’s Aid if you are concerned about the safety and well-being of a child or youth. “We all have to work together to keep kids safe,” says Rav Bains, Chief Executive Officer, Peel CAS. “Child abuse isn’t an easy topic to talk about but it does exist in our community. What we are asking is that if you have a concern about a child or youth, please call us. We know it may be difficult, but it is the right thing to do.”
Last year Peel CAS worked with more than 10,000 families in our community. More than 90% of our is done with families in their homes. “We work to protect children from abuse and neglect and help parents and caregivers build healthy families,” says Bains. “Together with partners in our community we work to assist families who may be facing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic violence, mental health issues, or caring for a child who has serious physical, emotional or developmental difficulties.” Some families also just need parenting support.
Did you know?
- This year marks the 25th anniversary of Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario
- On October 17, 2017 Peel CAS, in partnership with Harold F. Loughin Elementary School, will be officially launching Child Abuse Prevention Month
- On October 24, 2017 Peel CAS, along with schools, community partners and CAS’s across Ontario, will Dress Purple to raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month
- 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
Peel Children’s Aid protects children from abuse and neglect and helps parents and caregivers build healthy families. In addition to protecting children, which we do with the support of our Peel community, we also work with families who may be facing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic violence, mental health issues, or caring for a child who has serious physical, emotional or developmental difficulties. Some families also just need parenting support. The best way to deal with child abuse and neglect is to prevent it. If there is a concern – call us. We are here to help.
For more information:
Tracy MacIsaac, Communications, Peel CAS
905-363-6131 ext. 1157