- How to report child abuse by phone
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Indicators of child abuse
By law, every person has to report situations where a child or youth under 19 years of age needs protection.
How to report child abuse by phone
Family and Children’s Services: 867-667-3002, or toll free in Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories 1-800-661-0408 extension 3002.
Your regional social worker:
- Carcross 867-821-2920
- Carmacks and Pelly Crossing 867-863-5800
- Dawson 867-993-7890
- Faro 867-994-2749
- Haines Junction 867-634-2203 including:
- Destruction Bay
- Burwash Landing
- Beaver Creek
- Mayo: 867-996-2283
- Old Crow: 867-966-3124
- Ross River: 867-969-3200
- Teslin: 867-390-2588
- Watson Lake: 867-536-2232 or 867-536-3204
- RCMP: 867-667-5555
Emotional abuse can range from habitual humiliation to withholding life-sustaining nurturing.
This type of abuse is persistent and chronic to the point that it damages the child causing:
- severe anxiety;
- self-destructive behaviour; or
- aggressive behaviour.
This type of abuse can be repeated attacks on a child’s self worth in the form of:
- unrealistic expectations;
- constant criticism; or
- terrorizing a child with threats of harm to others that they care about, or their pets.
Emotional abuse can occur when there's domestic violence in the family.
Physical abuse is a deliberate assault that causes harm. It's not an accident, and can involve the use of force.
Types of force include:
- kicking; and
Physical abuse could be the result of excessive or inappropriate discipline and could include:
- broken bones;
- bite marks; or
Sexual abuse is any action that tries to involve a child in a sexual activity including:
- sexual touching;
- using a child in the making of, or viewing pornography; and
- involving a child in prostitution.
Neglect is the failure to provide for a child’s basic needs, including:
- enough food;
- clothing; and
Parents or guardians may:
- be inattentive;
- refuse to provide medical care;
- not provide appropriate supervision;
- not stop a youth from harming themselves or others; or
- not ensure a child attends school.
Indicators of child abuse
When children show the effects of child abuse it's generally not seen in 1 behaviour. It can be a pattern of behaviours across time. The presence of a cluster of indicators might show the presence of child abuse.
Indicators of emotional abuse can be:
- depression; or
Indicators of neglect can be:
- insufficient food; or
- improper clothing.
Indicators of physical abuse can be:
- bruises; or
Indicators of sexual abuse can be:
- sexual touching; or