Child abuse is a term that describes behaviour that results in significant negative emotional or physical consequences for a child. The term may be defined in laws that deal with child abuse, such as the Children and Family Services Act that deals with protecting children from abuse and harm in Nova Scotia.
Everyone has the duty to immediately report abuse or neglect to a child welfare agency (child protection services), even if it is a suspicion only, or if the information is confidential. Reports may be made anonymously. Once a report is made, child protection staff will look at the information received to decide whether they need to investigate more. Child welfare authorities will decide what other action they may need to take.
To reach a child protection worker:
Call 1-877-424-1177 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on weekdays if you believe a child is in immediate danger of abuse
Call 1-866-922-2434 between 4:30 pm and 8:30 am on weekdays and on weekends or on holidays if you believe a child is in immediate danger of abuse
To find the address for a child welfare agency in your area, please contact the Agency or District Office of the Department of Community Services nearest you for more information.