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Family law: Keeping British Columbia kids safe from harm

It is incumbent upon everyone to keep children safe. Family law in British Columbia has laws and rules in place with the best interests of children in mind. With that, there are resources available to residents who believe a child is being abused, neglected or harmed in any way. In fact, the Child, Family and Community Services Act stipulates that anyone who believes a child may need protection for any reason is obliged to report it to a social worker who will look into the situation.

The social worker will ask the person reporting his or her suspicions a number of questions such as if there are any immediate concerns for the child’s safety, if any other children might be at risk, and any other pertinent information the person can offer. If it is found that a child is in need of protection, a social worker will take the steps necessary to see to that in the least disruptive way for the child. Children are only removed from their homes when a social worker believes they’re in immediate danger.

Children should also be taught how to protect themselves and that includes when they’re in public. They should be taught things like never talking to or going with strangers. Young children should also never be left alone in public places and should be given a code word to use in emergencies. Teaching a child to say no firmly may help to save his or her life.

Children in British Columbia have rights. Those right may be better explained by a family law lawyer. Keeping children safe from harm is a responsibility of everyone.