If a student’s comments raise questions or concerns, educators should talk with that student individually at an appropriate time. Understanding the context of the information shared is a crucial step in determining what, if any, action the educator needs to take.
When talking with students about personal matters, be sure to make it clear that there are limitations to teacher–student confidentiality. If a student discloses that they are at risk of harm to themselves or others, this information cannot remain confidential between only the student and educator – the educator must report it to the Children’s Aid Society. Educators should seek support from their administrator to fulfil their duty to report.