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