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.

2010
CECW
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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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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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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.

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Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
2009
Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
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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.

2009
Canadian Institute for Health Research
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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.

Author(s): 
Andrew Taylor, Canadian Institute for Health Information
2009
Canadian Institute for Health Information
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Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health, Delinquincy and Criminal Activity

The study presents new analyses of the latest research, surveys and policy initiatives across Canada related to mental health and criminal behaviour among youth and adults.

Canadian Institute for Health Information
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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.
Author(s): 
UNICEF
2009
UNICEF
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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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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.

Author(s): 
Dr David Butler-Jones
2009
Public Health Agency of Canada
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