Dress Purple Day

Every October Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. On Ontario Dress Purple Day we join together with our key partners, Boards of Education, schools, and child care centres and homes, to share this positive message that help is available and to celebrate the community that cares for kids and families.

This year Ontario Dress Purple Day will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

To support Ontario Dress Purple Day we are providing online classroom resources which have been developed by Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre and Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, organizations that have decades of experience teaching child abuse and neglect prevention in schools. The purpose of the Ontario Dress Purple Classroom Resources is to assist teachers to talk about child abuse and neglect in an age appropriate manner and to help raise awareness among children and youth about how to ask for help from adults in the community.

In addition, community organizations such as municipal recreation centres and child care providers have pledged to participate in Ontario Dress Purple Day by also wearing purple on Oct. 24 and displaying campaign posters and information brochures. The community is truly coming together around the safety and well-being 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!