If you have concerns about a child please call 705.743.9751 or 1.800.661.2843

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What is Child Abuse & Neglect?

The Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society is a child protection agency mandated under the Child and Family Services Act in Ontario. Our responsibility is to protect children from harm or the risk of harm due to neglect and physical, sexual or emotional abuse. We fundamentally believe that the protection and well-being of children and youth is a shared responsibility with the community. At KHCAS we believe the most impactful way to deal with child maltreatment is to prevent it.

What is Child Abuse & Neglect?

Child abuse can come in the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is any deliberate physical force or action by a parent or caregiver that results, or could result, in injury to a child. It can include hitting, shaking, burning, etc.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is a pattern of behaviour that attacks a child’s emotional development and sense of self-worth. It includes excessive, aggressive, or unreasonable demands that place expectations on a child beyond his or her capacity. Emotional abuse can also include a caregiver’s failure to provide their child(ren) with love, emotional support, and guidance.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse occurs when a child is used for the sexual gratification of an adult or older child. Coercion (physical, psychological, or emotional) distinguishes sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can take many forms including fondling, sexual intercourse, or exposure to sexual activity. More recently child exploitation through the use of the internet is an increasing vulnerability for children.

Neglect

Neglect is the failure to meet a child’s basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, sleep, medical attention, education, and protection from harm. It can also mean a failure to provide for the child’s emotional needs, attention, and supervision.

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Updates from Kawartha Haliburton CAS

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KHCAS Offices closed Monday, Feb 18 to recognize Family Day

The KHCAS Offices located in Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton will be closed Monday, February 18 in recognition of Family Day. If you have concerns about ...

Office Closure - Tuesday, Feb 12 @ 3pm

KHCAS PETERBOROUGH and LINDSAY OFFICE CLOSURE - Tuesday, Feb 12 @ 3pm

Due to today’s inclement weather, the KHCAS Peterborough and Lindsay offices will close at 3pm today. To report a concern about a child, please call 705.743.9751 ...

Haliburton Office Closure - Tuesday, Feb 12 @ 11am

HALIBURTON OFFICE CLOSURE - Tuesday, Feb 12 at 11am

Due to today’s inclement weather, the KHCAS Haliburton Office will close at 11am today (Tuesday, Feb 12). To report a concern about a child, please call ...

PALS: Understanding Attachment Styles Feb 26 2019

PALS Network presents Understanding Attachment Styles in Adults and Children - Feb 26 from 6-8pm, Durham CAS

Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 as the PALS Adoption Support Group presents:  Understanding Attachment Styles in Adults and Children. Tuesday, February 26, ...

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