Protecting Children and Youth

If a crime is being committed or a child or young person is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police.

If it is not an emergency, but you suspect a child or young person (under 19) needs protection, you have a legal duty to report your suspicions to the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Everyone has a legal obligation to report situations where a child or young person needs protection because they are being abused, neglected or sexually exploited. You must report the matter to the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Please call the Helpline for Children (310-1234, no area code required).

Once a child protection report is filed with the ministry, a child protection social worker will determine the most appropriate action to take. This might include making a report to police. 

Children Who Witness Abuse Counselling Programs

These programs counsel children aged 3 to 18 who have witnessed violence against a parent, most often a mother. The program is designed to help break the cycle of violence against women by helping children heal from the trauma of living in a violent situation and learn about healthy relationships. For more information, contact your nearest Children Who Witness Abuse Counselling Program (PDF) or call VictimLinkBC.

Victim Services

Victim service programs are also available to help children and young people who are victims of crime. To receive information, support and referral to a local victim service program, call VictimLinkBC or the Youth Against Violence Line.