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Psychology
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PSY4105
Professor
Maria Rogers

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The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa –  Guest Speaker • In some situations they have more authority to go into  home than a police does o Police can back them up but they have to go in first • Better to work with the family than against the family – more strength based focus • Start permanency plans as soon as they get a call about a child  o Could be to stay in their own home o Can have more than one plan at a time   Ex: staying with mom, going with grandparents • Principles of protocol is from the children safety act • Inquiry = do you know who provides this? What age can they be left alone? What services to they  have? • Warrant assessment = grounds to believe the child may be at risk (does not mean abuse has  occurred) • 90% of the kids they work with they keep them in the home, support them while still in the home • Mandate adoptions for Ontario • No child under the age of 16 will not get considered for adoption plan if its needed • Neglect and poverty generally go hand in hand • Duty to Report • Duty to report: any person who has reasonable grounds to suspect a child is in need of protection  must report these concerns to the CAS o Threat to harm o Inadequate supervision o If the children told you about it or the parents told you they did something you have to call  directly and talk to them yourself, no one else can do it for you o Ongoing duty to report – if you call and you see it again a month later you need to call back  and report it still • If it’s a professional calling they encouraged to share who you are so that the family won’t be upset  because they will prob figure it out • Doctors and priests HAVE to call • When they disclose: o Listen  o Ask only enough to clarify suspicions   Don’t ask leading questions • Ex: did your mom do that?  don’t ask probing questions o Support o Don’t make promises  Don’t tell them you won’t tell anyone • Not sure? o Call CAS to consult
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