Regional Council Proclaims Child Abuse Prevention Month
BRAMPTON, ON. (Sept. 30, 2011) – Regional Council declared October as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Peel.
Each year the Peel Children’s Aid joins Children’s Aid Societies across the province to educate the public and build awareness of the problem of child abuse in our community, through the Child Abuse Prevention Campaign.
“Everyone has a role to play to keep children safe and healthy,” said Paul Palleschi, Chair, Human Services Committee. “Community leaders, organizations, schools and the public are asked to wear the purple ribbon as a symbol to support the end of child abuse in our community.”
From April 2010 to March 2011, Peel Children’s Aid responded to 11,264 calls about children’s safety and well-being of families, teachers, doctors and concerned citizens. Of these calls, 6,619 resulted in investigations of suspected child abuse and neglect.
“The Region’s longstanding collaborative relationship with Peel Children’s Aid helps ensure the best interests, well-being and protection of our children through our many programs,” said Janet Menard, Commissioner, Human Services.
Peel Children’s Aid asks that in addition to wearing the purple ribbon, everyone can help prevent child abuse by learning about and reporting possible signs of abuse. Bracelets, ribbons, tags and other items, including posters and support materials can be ordered by visiting peelcas.org or by contacting Peel Children’s Aid at 905-363-6131 ext. 1155. To find out more about the Child Abuse Prevention Campaign, visit useyourvoice.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.