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

The NEATS: A Child & Family Assessment

The NEATS is a child and family assessment that focuses on five areas that research has established as fundamental to human development and functioning: neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self regulation. The goal of a NEATS assessment is the development of case plans characterized by interventions that build on client strengths. To do so, practitioners identify risks and adversities as well as resources, competencies, strengths, and resilience processes in the multiple ecologies in which children and their families live their lives.

Jane F. Gilgun
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Third Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Report 2007 - Scaling Up

This report, the third of its kind, reviews the progress that has been made in the fi eld of violence prevention since the October 2002 launch of the World report on violence and health and the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention. More importantly, it sets out what the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners can do over the next 5 years to expand violence prevention programming and to demonstrate, in terms of saved lives and suffering averted, the impact of violence prevention.

World Health Organization
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When Youth Age Out of Care - Where to from there?

Based on a three-year longitudinal study and presents findings from 4 waves of interviews. Youth from this study were found to to have a lower level of education; be more likely to rely on income assistance as their main source of income; have a more fragile social support network; experience considerable transience and housing instability; and be parenting. In relation to criminao activities, youths' involvement with the criminal justice system declined over time. However, subsequent to leaving care, they continued to be victimized in various ways.

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World Report on Child Injury Prevention

The World Report examines the five major causes of child injury: road traffic injury, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning. It reviews child injury epidemiology, risk factors, interventions and their effectiveness, and concludes with important strategies to prevent or manage these injuries. It also presents a set of recommendations for governments and others to reduce the burden of child injuries.

The Report states that the greatest proportion of child injury is road traffic injuries, followed by drowning and fire-related burns.  Considerable variation in incidence of injury type is found between low, middle and high income countries. Exposure to injury risk depends greatly on the strength of legislation and its implementation, such as setting and enforcing legal ages for entering into work, driving, and consuming alcohol. Moreover, a range of socioeconomic factors including family income, parental education, single parenting, maternal age and housing are directly associated with rates of child injury. The groups that stand out most clearly with respect to higher injury rates are indigenous populations, who also tend to experience a higher relative rate of poverty than others.

The Report concludes that child injuries are preventable by the application of six basic principles: legislation and regulation, enforcement, product modification, environmental modification, supportive home visits, promotion of affordable safety devices, and education and countries which have designated government focal points for injury have made significant advances in reducing rates of injury.

While Canada has come a long way towards ensuring child safety, a lot more needs to be done including setting up good data collection systems, improved surveillance, consistency of protective legislation across all jurisdictions of Canada and the formulation and full implementation of a national child injury prevention plan.

World Health Organization
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Your Children's Aid

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) released a report on the well-being of children in care in Ontario. The report makes recommendations for changes in three priority areas: services for Aboriginal children and families, adoption and youth growing up in care.

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