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Child Abuse

We all share the responsibility to protect children from harm. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, you must report it to the Children’s Aid Society now at 519-455-9000.


There are 4 types of child abuse:

  1. Neglect
    Neglect is when a caregiver or parent fails to meet a child’s basic needs.
  2. Physical abuse
    Physical abuse is the use of any physical force toward a child.
  3. Emotional abuse
    Emotional abuse is the use of any mental or emotional actions or words that harm, criticize, frighten, threaten, or coerce a child.
  4. Sexual abuse
    Sexual abuse is any sexual act directed toward a child.

To report child abuse
or neglect

Call the Children’s Aid Society now:


Where can I find help?

The Children’s Aid Society London & Middlesex provides services to children and families to ensure that all children thrive in a safe, stable and loving family.

If you have thoughts about hurting your child, ask for help.

  • Children’s Aid Society London & Middlesex
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
    519-663-5317 ext. 2280
    Speak with a Public Health Nurse (Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Telehealth
    1-866-797-0000 (crisis line)
    24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre
    Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Date of creation: January 9, 2013
Last modified on: September 20, 2019