False Allegations of Abuse and Neglect

Information Sheet
CECW archives material
Authors

Knott, Theresa
Trocmé, Nico
Bala, Nicholas

Source
CECW Information Sheet #13E. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work.
Abstract

In most jurisdictions across Canada, professionals working with children and the public are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect to local child welfare authorities. One-third of these cases, after investigation, prove to be unsubstantiated. For example, bruises resulting from a playground injury may be misinterpreted as suspicious injuries requiring a report. In most cases, unsubstantiated reports of child abuse and neglect are made in good faith. Occasionally, though, unsubstantiated reports may be intentionally false.

Product Number
13
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