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Report child abuse

All Yukoners have a responsibility to ensure the protection of children from abuse.

All Yukoners are required by law to report suspected child abuse.

If you have concerns about the safety of child, please contact Family and Children’s Services at 667-3002, your regional social worker or the RCMP to report your concerns if they affect a child under the age of 19 years.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse can range from habitual humiliation to withholding life-sustaining nurturing.

The abuse is persistent and chronic to the point that it damages the child causing;

  • severe anxiety,
  • depression,
  • withdrawal, or
  • self-destructive or aggressive behavior.

Repeated attacks on a child’s self worth in the form of;

  • insults,
  • isolation,
  • rejecting,
  • unrealistic expectations or
  • constant criticism.

Terrorizing a child with threats of harm to others that they care about or their pets.

It can also include embarrassing or insulting a child, making hurtful comments about a child’s appearance, intelligence, size, ability, etc.

It can include living in families where domestic violence is an issue.

Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse is defined as a deliberate, non-accidental assault or use of force against a child that results in physical harm.

Types of force include;

  • slapping,
  • hitting,
  • punching,
  • shaking,
  • choking,
  • kicking, and
  • burning.

It could be the result of excessive or inappropriate discipline and could include;

  • bruises,
  • burns,
  • welts,
  • broken bones,
  • greenbreak fractures,
  • bite marks, or
  • scars.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse is any action to involve a child in a sexual activity including;

  • sexual touching,
  • exposure,
  • using a child in the making of/or viewing pornography,
  • and/or involving a child in prostitution.


Neglect is the failure to provide for a child’s basic needs including:

  • providing sufficient and proper food,
  • clothing and
  • shelter.

Parents may be inattentive to or refuse to provide medical care, or supervision appropriate to the age of the child.

A child may not be attending school or the parent may not stop a youth from harming themselves or others.

Child Abuse - Indicators

When children exhibit the effects of child abuse it is generally not seen in one behaviour but a pattern of behaviours across time or the presence of a cluster of indicators which might indicate the presence of child abuse.

Indicators for Emotional Abuse can be;

  • depression
  • withdrawal

Indicators for Neglect can be;

  • insufficent food
  • improper clothing

Indicators for Physical Abuse can be;

  • bruises
  • burns

Indicators for Sexual Abuse can be;

  • sexual touching
  • exposure

Related links

Child & Adolescent Therapeutic Services - Child & Adolescent Therapeutic Services (CATS) provides confidential counselling services to children, youth, and their families who have experienced child maltreatment.

Contact info

Report child abuse

Call Family and Children’s Services if you have any concerns that a child is being abused in any way.

You can also call your Regional Social Worker or the RCMP.

Carcross 867-821-2920

Carmacks/Klondike Highway 867-863-5800

Dawson City 867-993-7890

Faro 867-994-2749

Haines Junction (including Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing, Beaver Creek)

Mayo/Elsa 867-996-2283

Old Crow (sub-office of Dawson) - 867-993-7890

Pelly Crossing (sub-office of Carmacks) 867-863-5800

Ross River - 867-969-3200

Teslin - 867-390-2588

Watson Lake - 867-536-2232

Phone: 867-667-3002

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3002


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