Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre_Parent Support Handbook

. . . . . What Happens Following a Report?

Ministry of Children and Family Development Response

• Following a report the child welfare worker will assess the situation to determine the most appropriate response • If the child is in immediate danger the welfare worker will take immediate action in collaboration with other service providers to keep the child safe • Once the child is safe the welfare worker may offer support services, refer the child to a community agency (like Options Community Services) or take no further action, if no further action is required. • If the welfare worker believes the child is at risk of harm, they will proceed with an investigation

For a full description of the Ministry of Child and Family Development Response see:

Police Investigation

• Once a report to the police has been made, typically an initial interview will be conducted within 24 hours. This may or may not involve an interview with your child. • If the interview is being held at the police station, remind your child that they did the right thing by telling about the abuse, that they are not in trouble, and that the police are there to help keep them safe . • Police investigations take time • Although it is difficult to remain patient during this time, it may take up to a month (or more) before you hear from the investigating officer following the initial interview. • It is important to support your child throughout the investigative process. Although we advise not to ask direct questions related to the abuse, if your child discloses, refer to

The most important thing for your child at this time is to be reminded that they are safe, regardless of the outcome of the police investigation.

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