Child and Youth Mental Health
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.
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.
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.
Improving the Health of Canadians: Exploring Positive Mental Health
This publication brings together available information and data analyses that look at one way of defining positive mental health, how we currently measure it, its role in health, the factors associated with high levels of positive mental health and what strategies are, or may be, effective at promoting mental health at a population level.
Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health, Delinquency and Criminal Activity: Workshop Proceedings Report
This product documents a Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) workshop, held in collaboration with Alberta Health Services (AHS), which focused on issues related to mental health, delinquency, criminal activity and inter-sectoral collaboration. The product summarizes workshop discussions and represents the cross-sectoral consensus reached by participants from varied researcher, practitioner and decision-maker groups. It includes synopses of speaker contributions, and syntheses of points arising from participant dialogue around success stories, challenges and next steps for research, policy and practice.
Progress for Children. A Report Card on Child Protection
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.
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.