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Leaving Children Unattanded on Seneca Property

Concerns have been raised regarding students, and occasionally employees, bringing children on campus and then leaving them in common areas such as student lounge areas, library, computing commons, etc. Seneca staff cannot be responsible for the supervision of children left unattended. Not only does this expose Seneca to significant legal liability, but the parent/guardian of the unattended child is in violation of the Child and Family Services Act. We all empathize with the struggles some of our students/employees face who have parental/guardianship responsibilities, but it is important that they be made aware they cannot bring their children on campus and leave them unattended.

Please bring this information to the attention of your staff. Where a staff member observes a student/employee who is the parent/guardian leaving a child unattended, they need to advise the student/employee that the child cannot remain in the area unattended and direct the student/employee to the information on the poster. If the student/employee continues to leave the child in the area, the staff member should contact the Campus Principal, Security, Student Services and/or the Resolution, Equity and Diversity Centre to assist.

For your reference, the Child and Family Services Act RSO (Revised Statute of Ontario) 1990 reads in part:

Leaving Child Unattended

79(3) No person having charge of a child less than 16 years of age shall leave the child without making provision for his or her supervision and care that is reasonable in the circumstances.
Reverse Onus:
79(4) Where a person is charged with contravening subsection (3) and the child is less than ten years of age, the onus of establishing that the person made provision for the child?s supervision and care that was reasonable in the circumstances rests with the person.