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

Progress for Children. A Report Card on Child Protection

This edition of Progress for Children, the eighth in the series that monitors progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), is a compendium of data that serves as a report card on global and national efforts to protect the rights of children. Data on many child protection issues are more readily available today than ever before. However on some issues – notably sexual exploitation and abuse of children, trafficking and migration – data remain difficult to obtain. It is now two decades since the landmark Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted. As we mark its 20th anniversary this year, this edition of Progress for Children provides key information on child protection.
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Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare

Peter Dudding, CWLC Executive Director, is pleased to announce the official publication of his latest project, Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare. Edited by R. J. Flynn, P. M. Dudding, and J. G. Barber, it is now available for purchase through the University of Toronto Press. Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare presents reviews of research, new empirical findings, and useful practice and policy suggestions derived from the perspectives of the Looking After Children (LAC) initiative and resilience theory by an array of international voices. Practitioners, out-of-home care providers, youths in care, in-service trainers, students, researchers, and policy makers in Canada and across the world will find much in this book that speaks to more effective ways of improving the lives of young people being looked after in out-of-home care.

To order a copy, email utpbooks@utpress.utoronto.ca or visit www.utpress.utoronto.ca.

Reaching for the top: A Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth

Seeking recommendations to help improve the health and wellness of Canada's children and youth, Canada's Health Minister, the Honorable Tony Clement, asked for this Report. It provides advice related to existing federal government programs, the need for new policy directions and programs and the concept of establishing an office for the health and wellness of children and youth.

Read the letters sent to the Minister of Health, the Hon. Tony Clement, regarding Dr Leitch's Report.

Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
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Ready...Set...Engage! Building Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships for a Stronger Child and Youth Mental Health System

Brings forward best practices for engaging youth and building effective youth-adult partnerships. It looks at ways to support young people as decision makers, provides organizational-assessment tools, and outlines the concrete steps needed to initiate and sustain meaningful youth involvement.

Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO and Children's Mental Health Ontario
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Saving Lives. Reducing Harm. Protecting the Public: An Action Plan for Tackling Violence 2008

Serious violence covers a wide range of offences, including homicide and serious wounding, offences involving weapons, domestic violence, hate crime and serious sexual offences including rape. These crimes are extremely rare: together they account for only about 1% of all crime. Yet when they do occur they cause significant harm, both to individual victims and their families in terms of physical injury and psychological trauma, and to society more widely in terms of fear. This Plan sets out a range of actions we will be driving forward to reduce priority crime types, including gun and gang-related crime; knife crime; and sexual and domestic violence.

UK Home Office
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Sayt K’üülm Goot – Of One Heart: Preventing Aboriginal Youth Suicide Through Youth and Community Engagement

A joint initiative with the First Nations Summit, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the United Native Nations and the Métis Nation BC; includes recommendations to the provincial government on how British Columbia can prevent Aboriginal youth suicide by involving Aboriginal communities and youth directly in prevention efforts. The report can be found on online at www.gov.bc.ca/cyo.

Jane Morley, Q.C. – Child and Youth Officer
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Speak up and Be Heard: Steps to Effective Advocacy

Now available on our web site www.gov.bc.ca/cyo

Child and Youth Officer for British Columbia

Staying Current - Human Trafficking Report

This document compiles and summarizes reports, headlines and other items that relate to human trafficking which OCTIP has obtained through colleagues, partners and online resources.

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (BC)
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Stepping Stones: Life Skills Workshops for Youth Leaving Care. A Facilitator’s Guide

Stepping Stones is based on a workshop series developed and facilitated with youth in and from care through the Supporting Young People’s Transitions from Government Care project. The overall goal of the project was to use a grass-roots and participatory process to identify and implement ways of improving young people's preparation for and experiences of leaving government care to live on their own.

Deborah Rutman, Carol Hubberstey and April Feduniw
University of Victoria
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The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on The State of Public Health in Canada 2009

This report is the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada's second annual report to Parliament on the state of public health in Canada. It considers the lifecourse approach to health — focusing on the lifelong impact of exposures and influences that occur early in life — and explores the current state of children's health in Canada up to and including age 11 years.

From this information, a number of worrying trends emerge that are either persistent or are increasing in prevalence, especially among certain sub-populations of children. Efforts to address these negative trends and reduce their impacts on children's health and development vary in approach and magnitude, from targeted community-level interventions to nationwide universal programs. Evidence suggests that, in some cases, broad multi-pronged approaches need to be developed, while in others current efforts should be supplemented in order to reach all those in need. Examples of successful and promising initiatives and research, both within Canada and abroad, provide guidance on optimal conditions and priorities to help children start and continue on the path to good health.

Dr David Butler-Jones
Public Health Agency of Canada
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