The B.C. Handbook for Action on Child Abuse and Neglect
For Service Providers
roles to play in helping to keep children safe. This Handbook is designed to assist such people.
This Handbook is designed to support an integrated, collaborative response to child abuse and neglect by:
» providing information about identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect
» providing an overview of relevant law and government policies
clarifying the roles and shared responsibilities of service providers,
including their accountability for responding to suspected child abuse
and neglect, and
» ensuring that responses to suspected child
abuse and neglect in British Columbia are effective, consistent and
sensitive to the needs of children.
Service providers are instructed immediately that "if you think a child is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to your local child welfare worker. There is contact information available on page 57. If it is after hours or you are not sure who to call, phone the Helpline for Children at 310-1234 at any time of the day or night. The Helpline call is free. You do not need an area code and you do not have to give your name. If the child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or your local police."
Communities play an integral role
in responding to suspected
child abuse and neglect.
MCFD, the Ministry of Children and Family Development prints this Handbook.