Dress Purple Day

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month is here!

The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) annually dedicates the month of October to spreading awareness about the Duty to Report and the community’s responsibility to “Speak up for Kids.” The campaign urges community members to report suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, or at risk of being abused or neglected of abuse or neglect.

Marked by Dress Purple Day on October 19, 2016, the campaign's main goal is to keep children and youth safe by increasing public knowledge of child abuse and neglect and outline the steps to take to eradicate it.

 As in past years, CASO is partnering with schools and organizations in the Ottawa area in order to spread this message to a wide range of professionals and community members.  This year, we are excited to have engaged schools from all four school boards in Ottawa!

In addition, community organizations such as municipal recreation centres and child care providers have pledged to participate in Dress Purple Day by wearing purple on Oct. 19 and displaying campaign posters and information brochures. The community is truly coming together around the safety of children and youth.

If you or your organization is interested in participating in Dress Purple Day, you can find an assortment of awareness tools here. You can also book a presentation to learn more about the Duty to Report and CASO’s mandate and services.  Don’t forget to spread the word and share photos with us! We look forward to seeing Ottawa covered in a sea of purple!