Child Protection

Duty to Report

If you have reasonable grounds to suspect a child is in need of help, you need to make the call. "Reasonable grounds" refers to the information that an average person, using normal and honest judgment, would need in order to decide to report. It isn't up to you to prove the abuse, but it is upto you to reach out and help protect the child. Once the report is made, a child welfare worker will use a standardized method to assess the risk, and determine whether or not to investigate further. You can call Children's Aid anonymously.

Did you know? In 97 percent of all investigations, children remain at home! (Ontario Incidence Study, 2013)


Why make this referral


Intake Protection Click to Expand Click to Collapse

The primary function of the Intake Unit is to investigate, gather information and make an assessment in order to determine whether a child may be in need of protection. The intake worker will determine during the investigation whether;

(a) the child is being adversely affected by the situation which prevails; (b) the child may be considered actually or potentially in need of protection; (c) the parent or other caretaker is willing and able to correct the situation; and (d) the parent or other caregiver needs or could benefit from the Society’s assistance in correcting the situation.

Family Services Click to Expand Click to Collapse

The primary function of the Family Service Department is to provide ongoing protection service to children and families in accordance with the current child welfare legislation. Cases are transferred from Intake Services to Family Services on a weekly basis. Transfers are also received from other jurisdictions. The functions of Family Service Workers include ongoing monitoring, service coordination, making referrals and completing investigations when new information has been received. Family Service Workers are also primarily responsible for preparing court documentation and attending court as required.


Worker with parent and baby


Child and Family Well-being Team Click to Expand Click to Collapse

The Child and Family Wellbeing Team are responsible to maintain, strengthen and promote healthy family functioning and support child safety.  The Children and Family Wellbeing carry out the mandate as identified in the Child and Family Services act in accordance with the prescribed guidelines and regulations.  The Child and Family Wellbeing Team provides support and coaching to children, youth and families according to an approved plan of service and task list to ensure child safety and positive outcomes with the family.   

Kinship Services Click to Expand Click to Collapse

Kinship services are provided when children or youth can not live with their parents due to child protection concerns and the family or the Court decides that living with kin is the best option. Kin would be responsible to provide financially for all the needs of the child placed in their home. There are community agencies able to assist on a short term basis. “Kin” can be a relative or someone who has a meaningful relationship to the family. When children are able to reside with kin they are in a familiar and nurturing environment with someone they know and trust.

Children’s Services Click to Expand Click to Collapse

Children’s Services is a department within the Protection stream. The program exists to serve the needs of children in care of the Agency, whereby the children are assigned workers to advocate for and assist them in meeting their needs, in accordance with Ministry Standards.

Resources/Adoption Click to Expand Click to Collapse

The Resource/Adoption team is responsible for the recruitment, screening, training, placement, monitoring and support services to foster and adoptive homes. Post-adoption services are also provided to adoptees, birth families and adoptive parents. Every child deserves a safe and supportive home. Chatham-Kent Children’s Services needs you to open your heart and home to our children. If interested in more information please call our recruitment worker at 352-0440.

Speakers Bureau Click to Expand Click to Collapse

Our speakers' bureau provides presentations to care giving professionals and community groups who work directly with children.

These free, one-hour presentations are available Monday through Friday, to schools, child care centres and community organizations throughout Chatham-Kent.

If you would like to book a free presentation, please contact: