Each year, approximately 5,000 calls to Peel Children’s Aid are serious enough to warrant investigation by a child protection worker.
A worker will meet with a family to assess a child’s safety. The worker may also speak to other children in the family, doctors, teachers, etc. to get a full sense of the potential harm or risk factors in the child’s situation.
At-risk families receive the help they need. This might be a referral to parenting or treatment programs to learn how to improve the quality of care for their children. They are supported, and if there are ongoing protection issues, they may be required to attend Children’s Aid or other agency programs such as in-home child management to learn positive disciplining techniques.
Approximately 8 per cent of families who are involved with us become ongoing clients of the agency. If they do, a complete in-depth investigation, including a risk assessment, is conducted by a case worker and evaluated by a supervisor.
Peel Children’s Aid child protection workers collaborate with these families, as well as other community organizations, to help protect or improve the well being of a child and/or raise the quality of care being provided for a child.