Child protection

How to get help if someone reports you to the ministry

This self-help information is for parents whose children have been taken — or may be taken — by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It also contains information that will be helpful to advocates whose work involves child protection issues.

Overview flow chart

Your rights and responsibilities

Reasons someone might report you

False reports

The rights of parents contacted by the ministry

The responsibilities of child protection workers

Getting help from an advocate or lawyer

How the ministry assesses risk

The court process

Important: The information in this guide presents an overview only. The information may not tell you exactly what will happen in your case. For legal help, see How to get a lawyer.