International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW), "Position Paper: Migrant Children and Youth: A Global Crisis", To be presented October 17, 2013. (See the Position Paper) 

Fairbairn, Jordan et al "Sexual Violence and Social Media: Building a Framework for Prevention" Crime Prevention Ottawa. August 2013. See Crime Prevention Ottawa accompanying videos here

Sarlo, Christopher A. "The Cost of Raising Children" Fraser Institute, September 2013. Released August 22, 2012.

Recommendations for Canada from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Youth Friendly language
Summary: This document is a summary of the recommendations (Concluding Observations) that the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC Committee) has made for the Government of Canada to make sure that all children in Canada under the age of 18 have all the rights listed in the Convention.

Author: UNICEF Canada & the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth, Ontario (Report in English) (Rapport en français)

"UNICEF Report Card 11: Child Well-Being in Rich Countries: A comparative overview" .

The latest in UNICEF’s Report Card series, Measuring Child Poverty, compares the level of child well-being across the world’s twenty-nine richest nations. Some countries are achieving much more for children than others.  (Report in English) (Rapport en français)

Author: Peter Adamson, UNICEF

"Alberta's Social Policy Framework" 

Premier Redford joined community members to launch and adopt Alberta's Social Policy Framework, which was designed by and for Albertans. It reflects a clear vision of Alberta's future, identifies outcomes and strategies to achieve them, and will guide how Albertans will work together to acheive the results Albertans expect. (Full report

Author: Alberta Human Services, February 2013 

"Much More Than Paperwork: Proper Planning Essential to Better Lives for B.C.’s Children in Care"

The report is an audit on plans of care for children in the long-term care of government. Among other things, it found that only five per cent of plans of care audited by RCY met the Ministry for Children and Family Development’s own standards. Released by the Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond on March 27, 2013. (Full report)

Author: British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

"Speaking freely. Children and young people in Europe talk about ending violence against children in custody"

Presents the views of over 120 children and young people across Europe on violence in custody and their suggestions for reform. January 2013.  ( Campaign report - 48 pages) (Research report - 64 pages)

Author: Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE)

"The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: a study of legal implementation in 12 countries"

UNICEF UK has published "The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: a study of legal implementation in 12 countries", which looks in countries beyond the UK in order to compile evidence of the most effective and impactful ways of embedding children’s rights into domestic law. The 12 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden) were chosen to demonstrate the variety of ways in which different places have provided for children’s rights at the national level by taking steps to implement the Convention. (Full report)


Author: UNICEF UK - Laura Lundy, Ursula Kilkelly, Bronagh Byrne and Jason Kang

"Global Campaign for Violence Prevention: Plan of Action for 2012-2020"

This Plan of Action for the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention (GCVP) aims to unify the efforts of the main actors in international violence prevention and identify a small set of priorities for the field. The Plan of Action presents six (6) national level goals towards which violence prevention efforts can be directed. The objective of the GCVP in the coming years will be to support the achievement of these goals in countries around the world. (Full report)

Authors: Dr Alexander Butchart, Dr Christopher Mikton and Ms Berit Kieselbach of WHO's Prevention of Violence Team, on behalf of the Violence Prevention Alliance

"Young Carers in Canada: The Hidden Costs and Benefits of Young Caregiving"

There are times when adults in Canadian families are unable to care for themselves or provide care for others due to illness, injury or disability. As a result, they need help with daily activities, ranging from the basics such as eating, dressing or taking medications to the more complex tasks of financial planning and navigating the health care system. (Full report)

Authors: Grant Charles, Tim Stainton & Sheila Marshall, School of Social Work, University of British Colombia

"UNICEF Report Card 10: Measuring Child Poverty"

The latest in UNICEF’s Report Card series, Measuring Child Poverty, compares child poverty across the world’s affluent nations. It finds that some industrialized countries are more successful than others in lifting children out of poverty, despite having similar economic performance, even in challenging economic times. (Full report)

Author: Peter Adamson, UNICEF


"Progress for Children: A Report Card for Adolescents"

This report examines the lives and prospects of the 1.2 billion adolescents in the world using latest available statistical data from a variety of sources, including UNICEF’s own databases. It finds that adolescents remain vulnerable in many key areas, despite having benefited from investments in programmes and policies for younger children. (Full report)

Author: UNICEF 

"Every Child’s Right to be Heard: A Resource Guide on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child General Comment No. 12"

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989, included a provision that introduced a right of all children capable of forming a view to be heard and to be taken seriously. The provision is outlined in Article 12 of the Convention. Published by Save the Children UK on behalf of Save the Children and UNICEF. (Full Report)

Author: Gerison Lansdown 

"Perceived Social Norms, Expectations, and Attitudes toward Corporal Punishment among an Urban Community Sample of Parents"

Despite the fact that corporal punishment (CP) is a significant risk factor for increased aggression in children, child physical abuse victimization, and other poor outcomes, approval of CP remains high in the United States. The Theory of Planned Behavior suggests that parents’ perceived injunctive and descriptive social norms and expectations regarding CP use might be linked with CP attitudes and behavior. (Full Article)

Authors: Catherine A. Taylor, Lauren Hamvas, Janet Rice, Denise L. Newman, and William DeJong

Building Sustainable Relationships Between Non-Profit/Voluntary Sector and Provincial/Territorial Governments

Interest in strengthening relationships between governments and the non-profit and voluntary sector has resurfaced in several Canadian provinces and territories over the past few years. Leadership organizations; chambers, networks, and councils, in the non-profit/voluntary sector have been gaining momentum as they build connections, cohesion, and capacity within the sector. Government departments, units, and branches, have broadened their scope from volunteer recognition to recognizing the contributions that voluntary organizations make to society. With each sector coming to the table possessing renewed energy and a clearer focus, there is even greater will to work collaboratively and to leverage their collective capacity to build resilient communities.
This document is divided into two sections:
  • Part A  - An updated Pan-Canadian Snapshot was prepared as a backgrounder for the event and provides an overview of the key organizations and initiatives in each province and territory. All documents referenced in this section can be found at www.cvsrd.org.
  • Part B - Includes a Summary Report of the second annual Gathering of Counterparts, containing highlights from the presentations, table discussions, insights, and potential strategies for moving forward.


Marilee Campbell
Paula Speevak Sladowski
Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development
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Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Children and Youth Strategy 2009

In many developing countries, children are 13 times more likely to die before they reach the age of five. Their deaths are often the result of poor water quality and inadequate sanitation, malnutrition or diseases that could otherwise be prevented. In many areas, a basic education is not even an option, with 72 million children―55 percent of them girls―having no access to school or other learning opportunities that can give them hope for a better future.

To address these challenges, CIDA will focus on three paths:

  • child survival, including maternal health;
  • access to quality education; and
  • safe and secure futures for children and youth.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in keeping with its commitment to deliver international assistance that is more efficient, focused and accountable, has developed a Children and Youth Strategy that will help more of the world's children and youth thrive and make positive contributions to their societies.

Canadian International Development Agency
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Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare Final Report

The Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare (CECW) has been one of four Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-Being, established in 2000 as an initiative of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The CECW brought together a network of child welfare practitioners, community-based child and family service organizations, child welfare researchers, advocacy and resource groups, child welfare policy-makers, and government ministries to share knowledge and build capacity in child welfare.

The CECW’s mandate has been to work at a national level to disseminate evidence-based knowledge on the incidence, characteristics, and effects of abuse and neglect on children and youth, as well as to transfer knowledge on the most effective ways to alleviate and prevent child maltreatment. This mandate also included fostering collaborative research and providing expert policy advice and recommendations to government agencies and organizations at the provincial, territorial, and local levels. As a special point of interest, the CECW has been active in the field of Aboriginal child welfare and has been an integral part of fostering reconciliation, promoting healing, increasing knowledge, and developing new practices to increase the health and well-being of Aboriginal children at risk of abuse and neglect.

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Child and Youth Mental Health Services Directory

The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has initiated this directory in order to facilitate and improve access to mental health services in Ontario by providing a central source of information.

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Child Soldiers Global Report 2008

The report is published every three to four years. Its 197 country entries document military recruitment legislation and practice, and child soldier use in hostilities by governments and armed groups across the globe. Each entry documents methods of recruitment, who recruits and what roles children play. It also provides information on the treatment of child soldiers captured by government forces and on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programs for child soldiers where these have been put in place. The report’s 25-page introduction contains an analytical overview of developments over the last four years as well as discussing core themes and policy directions.

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
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Children's Mental Health Plan for Alberta (2008 - 2011)

The Plan supports the Health Action Plan by providing direction and funding over the next three years for strategies to improve access to mental health services for infants, children, youth and their families. The Children’s Mental Health Plan also aligns with the Health Action Plan by addressing the needs of children and youth at risk, which contributes to healthy and safe communities.

Government of Alberta
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CIHR Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal People

These guidelines offer the kind of safeguards that have long been missing for Aboriginal people participating in research. The ultimate result is the development of health research ethics guidelines that respond to the pressing needs of the Aboriginal community.

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
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Doing Better for Children

The well-being of children is high on the policy agenda across the OECD. But what is the actual state of child well-being today? How much are governments spending on children and are they spending it at the right times? What social and family policies have the most impact during children’s earliest years? Is growing up in a single-parent household detrimental to children? Is inequality that persists across generations a threat to child well-being? Doing Better for Children addresses these questions and more.

Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
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Economic Impact of Children in Care of FASD: Phase 1 (Manitoba)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a serious social and health problem for the child welfare, health and education systems in North America with significant social and economic costs. Meeting the needs of children with disabilities creates significant challenges for child welfare agencies.

Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare
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Every Image, Every Child

The report makes nine recommendations to the federal government on how to address the difficult issue of internet-facilitated child sexual abuse. the report also urges the federal government to amend laws and policies to make investigations faster and more effective and support stronger efforts to find and help the child victims in the photos.

Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
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