God doesnt want an 11- and 12-year-old kid tofeel this way.
From 1890 until recently, the age at which a youth could consent to nonexploitative sexual activity was 14 years (1).
As always, as a means to safeguard the trust relationship that exists between physician and patient, it is advisable for physicians to discuss the limits of confidentiality with all their young patients before entering into such conversations.
As the new legislation gets implemented, child welfare agency responses to such concerns may differ from province to province.
All Canadian provinces and territories have child protection legislation with mandatory reporting laws for suspected cases of child maltreatment.
Because child protection is a provincial matter, each province has slightly different legislations with notable exceptions in the ages at which youth are no longer considered ‘children’.
A ‘child’ is usually defined as anyone younger than 16 years of age to 19 years of age, depending on the province (2).