Understanding Your "Duty to Report" Child Abuse or Neglect
The 2015 Ontario legal decision in which an unlicensed, home-based child care provider was successfully sued after she reported a suspected case of child abuse prompted considerable debate in the media. The following links have been selected to help RECEs and others involved in the care and education of young children better understand their continued legal "duty to report" any situations where children may be at risk.
Here is the Ministry of Children and Youth Services brochure that details what the law actually says about reporting suspected child abuse or neglect: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/documents/childrensaid/Reportingchildabuseandneglect.pdf
Here is the section of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services web site that details your "duty to report," and offers links to local Children's Aid Societies, and a resource kit with posters and other materials that you can use at your centre to ensure everyone understands the law: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/childrensaid/reportingabuse/index.aspx
Here is the June 2015 Professional Advisory issued by the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators about the "duty to report": https://www.college-ece.ca/en/Documents/Professional%20Advisory%20Duty%20to%20Report%202015.pdf