Was reading the comments section of The Guardian story about Candace Conti.
An apologist or two were defending the inaction of elders - comparing it to attorney/client privilege.
Commonwealth countries do not have the same blanket coverage that is appealed to by WTS.
When searching whether or not reporting is mandatory in Canada, came across this site:
Do I need to report child abuse and neglect?
Yes. Everyone has a duty to report child abuse and neglect under Canadian child welfare laws. Professionals who work with children and youth have an added responsibility to report.
You are obliged to report child maltreatment if you know or suspect it is occurring. This is called the 'duty to report'. Every person in Canada has the duty to report known or suspected child maltreatment by law.
For further information, please see the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare's series of information sheets on provincial/territorial child welfare systems. Each sheet has a section on child welfare law, including the duty to report child maltreatment. Click here to view.
Who do I call if I suspect child abuse or neglect?
Known Known or suspected abuse or neglect of a child must be reported to:
- local child welfare services (e.g., children’s aid society or child and family services agency), or
- provincial/territorial social service ministries or departments, or
- local police
Click here to find your local child welfare agency and phone numbers to report suspected abuse.