ST. CATHARINES, ON, Oct. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The self-regulatory body for Ontario's teaching profession has issued a professional advisory to support teachers' professional judgment to report to a children's aid society when they suspect a child is a victim of abuse or neglect.
The jury in a provincial coroner's inquest into the death of Jeffrey Baldwin – a five-year old Toronto boy who suffered years of mistreatment by his grandparents – recommended that regulatory bodies like the College promote the duty to report to its membership.
The College will release its advice to teachers and encourage dialogue on breaking down barriers to reporting child abuse and neglect. We will lead a panel discussion with representatives from local children's aid societies and police services. Education stakeholders and child protection organizations including First Nations agencies are also invited.
The news release, advisory and backgrounder are available on the College's website at www.oct.ca.
Date: October 7, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre/ 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines
SOURCE Ontario College of Teachers
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