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

Little Ears, Little Eyes: How Violence Against A Mother Shapes Children As They Grow

A resource developed by the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System with funding from the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence in Ottawa, a division of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Topics addressed include what children might feel, think and do during violent incidents against their mothers, roles they might adopt, strategies of coping and survival, 10 ways children can be changed by living with violence, potential effects of coercive control tactics on a mother, why spanking gives the wrong messages to children, and how violence may be experienced by children from infancy to adolescence. It has the latest research and up-to-date statistics.

Alison Cunningham & Linda Baker
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Make Me A Criminal - Preventing Youth Crime

This report makes the case for a more therapeutic and family-based approach to youth offending, as opposed to the present, more punitive, system. The arguments for the proposed approach appear persuasive not only on humanitarian grounds, but also in terms of economics and efficacy.

Institute for Public Policy Research
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Many Hands, One Dream

Principles for a new perspective on the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth.

Cindy Blackstock, Dawn Bruyere & Elizabeth Moreau
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Mental Health Commission of Canada Policy & Research Team Update - May 2009

We are pleased to provide the first edition of the MHCC Policy & Research Team Update, which will share the progress and achievements of the projects to date. Future updates will showcase a small selection of projects, but in greater detail.

Additional Resources

Milestones - Saskatchewan Child Advocate's Report 2009

The Advocate tabled his fifth annual report in the Saskatchewan Legislature today with a commentary that highlighted the significant events that positively impacted the children and youth of Saskatchewan in 2009.
Saskatchewan Child Advocate
Office of the Child Advocate (Saskatchewan)
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National Victim Services Program

A bilingual pamphlet that describes the services of the NVSP and how the service can assist victims of crime. The information that is provided to the victim of cirme is outlined in the pamphlet, along with contact information for Correctional Service Canada and their federal partners.

CSC cannot proactively contact victims of crime to solicit their registration; the onus is on the victim to contact CSC.

There are various benefits for registering:

  • victims can learn about their right to participate at National Parole Board hearings and about financial assistance to attend the hearings
  • victims can obtain copies of National Parole Board Decisions
  • victims or guardians can receive information on behalf of child victims
  • victims can gain information to assist in their recovery process and manage their stress
  • victims can gain information with which to make safety plans
Correctional Service Canada
Government of Canada
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New National Survey on Canadian Law Surrounding Corporal Punishment

Toronto Public Health commissioned a national survey to assess Canadians' knowledge of the law on the physical punishment of children. The survey was conducted two years after the Supreme Court of Canada upheld section 43 of the Criminal Code but limited the conditions under which it can be used as a defence to assaults on children. The main conclusion of this national survey is that the Supreme Court's decision has not effectively increased protection of children from physical punishment.

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OECD Report on Well-being of Children (Canada)

Canada receives solid marks in “Doing Better for Children”, the OECD’s first report on the well‐being of children. But there are areas which may need policy attention to improve the lives of Canadian children, including reducing child poverty and youth risk‐taking, and ensuring timely immunisations.

Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
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Pathways to Collaboration: Exploring Values and Collaborative Practice Between Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Treatment Fields

This study examined similarities and differences in values and perceived capacity for collaboration between substance abuse and child welfare fields based on survey data from more than 350 respondents in 12 California counties.

Laurie Drabble
Child Maltreatment
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Preventing violence and reducing its impact: how development agencies can help

Targeted towards officials from development assistance agencies, United Nations organizations, governments and nongovernmental organizations, the new document highlights how the health, psycho-social, and economic consequences of violence impede development. It urges increased attention to and investment in violence prevention.

WHO and Violence Prevention Alliance
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