Child Welfare Services – Child Protection Services

Provided by: Government of Nova Scotia - Department of Community Services

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Service Description

Child protection services are in place to protect children from abuse and/or neglect, while making every effort to keep families together. 

Designated social workers in child welfare agencies assess reports of possible child abuse and neglect, as set out under the Children and Family Services Act. If families are experiencing difficulties which place children at risk, social workers will work with them, and provide support and services, to help resolve the concerns.

Everyone who has information that a child may be in need of protective services, is required by law to report the concern to the local child welfare agency. Once a report is made, child protection staff will assess the information to determine appropriate response.

Eligibility

Ages 18 years and younger

Application Process

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, please contact the child welfare office in the area where the child lives. It is best if you contact the agency by telephone or in person. After regular business hours, please call 1-866-922-2434 if you believe a child may be in immediate danger.

Documents Required

No documents required

Fees

No fees

Languages Offered

English • French-speaking staff available upon request

Coverage Area

Nova Scotia

Contact Details

  • Child Welfare: 902-424-4150

    Call this number during regular business hours to report child abuse/neglect

  • After Hours: 1-866-922-2434

    Report Child Abuse/Neglect<br>After regular business hours and on holidays, please call this number if you believe a child may be in immediate danger

  • Toll Free: 1-833-424-5800

    Child Welfare<br>Call this number during regular business hours to report child abuse/neglect

Halifax Bayers Road – Child Welfare

Address:
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 1001
Halifax NS  B3L 2C2
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Mailing Address:
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 1001
Halifax NS  B3L 2C2

Site Info

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Site Hours

Monday
8:30am–4:30pm
Tuesday
8:30am–4:30pm
Wednesday
8:30am–4:30pm
Thursday
8:30am–4:30pm
Friday
8:30am–4:30pm

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Coverage Area

Halifax Regional Municipality

  • Child Welfare: 902-424-4150

    Call this number during regular business hours to report child abuse/neglect

  • After Hours: 1-866-922-2434

    Report Child Abuse/Neglect<br>After regular business hours and on holidays, please call this number if you believe a child may be in immediate danger

  • Toll Free: 1-833-424-5800

    Child Welfare<br>Call this number during regular business hours to report child abuse/neglect