Child Abuse Register

The Child Abuse Register contains the names of persons who have been found by the court to have abused children. It is used to screen prospective foster and adoptive parents, and prospective employees or volunteers who are or would be working with children.

The register is also used by child protection workers to help determine whether or not a child is in need of protective services.

Child Abuse Register checks can be requested only by an individual for his or her own name. The search results will be provided to the individual in the form of a letter which can then be shared with any organization.

Search results are for Nova Scotia only.

Next steps

To request a search of the Child Abuse Register, please fill out the following form. The PDF form can be filled out on your computer and then printed, or printed first and then filled out manually. In both cases, the form must be mailed to the address on the form.

Please ensure that a photocopy of your Canadian identification is attached to the request.

Child Abuse Register Request for Search form (PDF)

Registre de cas d'enfants maltraités - Formulaire de demande de recherche (PDF)

If you are unable to download and print these forms please call (902) 424-6798 to have a copy mailed to you.

We will send a confirmation document to the mailing address provided on the form. You may share this document with volunteer organizations and/or employers.

Please allow ten business days for the processing of your forms.

If you represent an agency, organization or employer that has been provided a document stating that a person is not currently on the Child Abuse Register, please note that status is only current as of the date that the document was issued. Also, please note that the document will feature an embossed stamp of authenticity.

If you have questions or concerns about this process, please call us at (902) 424-6798.