This is a child who has been or is at risk of being harmed because of something that their parent or caregiver has done or not done.
The law says a child is “in need of protection” only when one or more specific conditions are met. For example, it says a child might be in need of protection if at least one of the following is true:
- they suffered from physical harm because of what a parent did
- there is a risk that they will likely suffer physical harm because of what a parent does
- they have been sexually abused by a parent
- there is a risk that they will likely be sexually abused by a parent
If the court decides that a child is in need of protection, it can make an order that it thinks in in the child’s best interests. For example, it can order that the child be placed in the care of the Children’s Aid Society.