This open education resource focuses on information regarding your legal responsibilities to identify, and report suspected child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic abuse, which is a form of child abuse is presented as an essential component for anyone working with children and youth. The resource focuses on the different types of abuse including the signs that a child may be abused and signs of an abusive adult.

Included in the resource is a chapter about cultural competence and the latest release of the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect. By no means is the resource comprehensive.  It is a beginning to providing learners with access to resources that are open and accessible with the ability to add and change where needed.

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The web version of this resource has been designed to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, level AA. In addition, it follows all guidelines in Appendix A: Checklist for Accessibility of the Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition.

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