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An adult must provide the necessary assistance to a child who wishes to report his situation or that of his brothers and sisters or of any other child (YPA, s. 42).
However, according to the YPA (ss. 39 and 39.1), the duty to report differs depending on the role of the person making the report and the situation.
The duty to report applies even to people who are bound by professional secrecy, except lawyers who, in the practice of their profession, receive information about a situation where a child’s security or development might be in danger.
You may be concerned about a child but not sure whether or not you should report the situation. If so, you can contact the DYP who will be able to answer your questions and guide you through the reporting process.
Deciding to report a child’s situation can stir up many emotions, but it is important to do it for the good of the child.
If a child confides in you about a situation where the DYP is required to intervene:
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