Child abuse includes sexual abuse, violence, physical/emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, and situations placing the child at risk.
- 1 in 4 girls, and at least 1 in 10 boys, are sexually assaulted during childhood
- 67% of women with a disability report having been physically or sexually assaulted as a child
- Boys between the ages of 8 and 11 account for 42% - 44% of all sexual abuse allegations involving minor-aged children
The Halton Regional Police Service works with community partners to prevent and respond to child abuse issues. These partners include the Halton Children’s Aid Society, school boards, municipalities, and victim services organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is child abuse?
What should I do if I or someone I know has been the victim of child abuse?
How does the Halton Regional Police Service investigate cases of child abuse?
What about victim safety?
- Never leave a child unattended or with anyone you don’t completely trust, even for a minute
- Ensure that daycare providers or anyone that you are entrusting your children with have the proper training and have received a police security clearance, including a vulnerable sectors screen
- Talk to your children about how to deal with strangers, including what is inappropriate contact
- Talk to your children about any suspicious signs of injury, such as unexplained bruising
- Immediately contact the Halton Regional Police Service and Halton Children's Aid Society if you suspect that a child is being abused
For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service CASA Unit, contact:
Detective Sergeant John Mans
905-825-4747 ext. 8970