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Mandatory Report of Child Abuse


Any person who has a reasonable suspicion that a child is in need of protection needs to report that suspicion to the local Children's Aid Society . While everyone has this duty, it is an offence for a dietitian not to make a report when the information is obtained in the course of practising dietetics.

For a report under the Child and Family Services Act, only reasonable grounds to "suspect", not "believe", is needed. This means that the degree of information suggesting that a child is in need of protection can be quite low. The definition of a child in need of protection, under the Child and Family Services Act, is quite lengthy and complex. If in doubt, get advice. For more details, see R. Steinecke & CDO, The Jurisprudence Handbook for Dietitians in Ontario, Chapter 3.