How to report a situation
You can report a situation to the DYP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by telephone or in writing. Information on how to contact the DYP in each region of Québec is given in the Contact Informations of the DYP page.
Making a report means contacting the Director of Youth Protection (DYP) to inform him about a situation:
- That you are concerned about
- That causes you to believe that a child’s security or development is in danger
You may know that such a situation exists, for instance:
- Because the child or his parents confided in you
- Because of attitudes and behaviours that you noticed in the child or his parents
- Because of what you have seen yourself
Making a report to the DYP is a confidential process.
Information to be provided
If you make a report, you will have to provide the following information:
- Your name and contact information to identify you as the reporter (person reporting a situation to the DYP). This information will remain confidential and cannot be disclosed. You can make a report anonymously (without identifying yourself), but it is easier for the DYP to assess the report if he knows the identity of the reporter. For example, he will be able to obtain more information about the child’s situation
- Any information you can provide to help identify the child
- What you know about the child’s situation that causes you to believe that his security or development is or may be in danger
Your cooperation is very important. To help you be clear about the information you will be giving the DYP, you can use the checklist for reporting a situation to the DYP.
Checklist for reporting a situation to the DYP
This checklist is a tool to help you through the reporting process. You can use it to provide as much detailed information as possible when you contact the DYP.
The questions on the checklist are provided for information purposes only. You can report a situation even if you are not able to answer all the questions.
Information about the child
- What is the child’s name?
- What is his date of birth or how old is he?
- What is his address?
- What is his telephone number?
- What are his parents’ names?
- Whom does the child live with?
- What school or daycare does the child go to?
- Are there other children affected by the situation? If so, what are their first and last names and dates of birth or ages?
- What has the child said or confided in you that makes you concerned?
- What actions or attitudes of the child or his parents make you concerned?
- Have you noticed any injuries or marks on the child’s body?
Nature of the facts
- Did the facts that you are reporting happen in the past or are they happening at the moment?
- Did these facts happen often or do they happen often?
- Have you witnessed these facts?
- Do you believe the child is in danger?
The child’s vulnerability factors
- What impact do you think these facts have on the child?
- Does the child have a physical or intellectual disability?
- What is the child’s reaction to the situation that you are reporting?
- Does the child have any personal characteristics (strengths or weaknesses) that you feel the DYP should know about?
The parents’ ability and willingness to address the situation
- Do the parents acknowledge that the situation is problematic?
- Do the parents have any personal characteristics (strengths or weaknesses) or problems that you feel the DYP should know about? For example, do they have anaddiction to alcohol or other drugs or gambling or mental health problems?
- Have the parents tried to seek help to address the situation?
Community resources that are already helping or could help the child or his parents
- Does the child know someone who can help him or his parents? For example, extended family, spouse of one of the parents, neighbour, friend, other persons.
- Are there resources that are already intervening with the child or his parents? For example, an integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) or integrated university health and social services centre (CIUSSS), daycare, school, community organizations or others.
Questions about situations of sexual or physical abuse only
- Do you know who the suspected perpetrator of the abuse is (parent, brother, sister, spouse of one of the parents, extended family member, another adult, another minor)?
- What is the suspected perpetrator’s name? How old is he?
- Does the child still have contact with this person?
- Have the police been notified?
Last update: February 25, 2022