4. What happens when a child is involved?
Answer: If there are children under the age of sixteen police officers must notify the Children’s Aid Society. If the child is present in the residence he/she may be questioned based on the severity of the incident. If the child is directly involved in the incident, then the child will be questioned. Police officers are to notify the Children’s Aid Society, provide the C.A.S with an outline of what happened and then they will assess if the child’s safety is in jeopardy based on the severity of the incident. The Children’s Aid Society will also speak to the parents regarding the incident.
5. Are children always removed from their homes?
Answer: Children are not removed from the home unless there is abuse by the parent (sexual, physical and verbal) or police believe that the well-being/safety of the child is of concern. Section 27 of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) outlines conditions under which children are in need of protection.
This may include but is not limited to:
1. the child is being sexually molested,
2. there is a pattern of neglect in taking care of the child including “failure to adequately care for, provide for, supervise or protect the child”
3. the child is suffering from emotional harm including severe cases of: anxiety, depression, withdrawal self-destructive or aggressive behaviour, or delayed development due to the actions of the care taker.
Part 3 – I’ve called the police, given my statement – now what? To follow later this week.