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

"A Full and Candid Account" - Using Special Accommodations and Testimonial Aids to Facilitate the Testimony of Children

These seven concise handbooks help prosecutors, victim-support workers, judges and others understand and meet the needs of children who testify in court. All seven handbooks are available to download.

Alison Cunningham and Pamela Hurley
Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
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2003 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2003)

This second nation-wide study of reported child maltreatment released by Public Health Agency of Canada on October 4, 2005. CECW information sheets based on the CIS – 2003:

Trocmé, N., et al.
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A Beginner's Guide to Adoption - Canada

Are you a Canadian resident thinking about foster care adoption? "A Child is Waiting: A Beginner’s Guide to Adoption" answers general questions about adoption and the foster care adoption process.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (US)
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Aboriginal Peoples Survey, 2006: Inuit Health and Social Conditions

This report focuses on selected social determinants of Inuit1 health. Information on health status is provided through data on self-reported health and chronic conditions. Determinants such as access to health care, education, housing, harvesting and country food consumption are examined.

Statistics Canada
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An examination of multi-jurisdictional child protection systems in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA

This report contains ideas and recommendations for enhancing Australia’s emerging national child protection system in the light of experiences in four countries - the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), the Republic of Ireland, Canada and the United States of America. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was also visited in New York to gain an appreciation of the UN system’s global response on child protection.

**CWLC was a key information for the Canadian portion of this report.**

Families Australia
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An Overview of the Child Welfare Systems in Canada

Overview of Canada's child welfare system from one part of the country to another. Systems are currently structured to respond to reports of child maltreatment but are generally not well-funded to take action in preventative measures.

Pamela Gough
Aron Schlonsky
Peter Dudding
International Journal of Child Health and Human Development
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BC Children and Youth Review Report by Hon. Ted Hughes

A retired judge, the Honourable Ted Hughes, was appointed to review the BC child protection system, after calls from the political opposition. The public pressure came as a result of the treatment of a few high-profile child deaths. The 172-page report outlined 62 recommendations, one of which is the return of a childrenís commissioner, who would oversee the child protection system, review childrenís deaths and advocate for improved services.† The BC government has since announced that it plans to implement all 62 recommendations made concerning the provinceís child protection system. More information is also available at the British Columbia's Ministry of Child and Family website.

Additional Resources

Best Interests of the Child: Meaning and Application in Canada

The goal of this report is better understanding of the principle of the Best Interests of the Child and more effective application in Canada. It is part of the larger goal to achieve full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
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Building a Future Together: Issues and Outcomes for Transitioned-Aged Youth

This report proposes a comprehensive and evidence- based framework as the basis for our planning and work with youth in care. It includes the most up-to- date survey information on programs and services in Canada, as well as national and international best practice models. As this issue is a pressing one which affects a growing number of youth in Canada, it is important to address the needs of this vulnerable population now so that their futures will be as bright and successful and possible. We hope that this report will serve as a catalyst for continuing change. The report can be downloaded free of charge from the Centre of Excellence of Child Welfare's website.

Carrie Reid and Peter Dudding
In partnership with the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare and the National Youth in Care Network
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Building Community Capacity for the Health and Well-Being of Children: A Framework for Action

The video documents a three-year project in a low- income neighbourhood in Newfoundland. Through interviews with residents, the project facilitator and key service providers, the video demonstrates that Community Capacity Building does indeed protect children and create safer families and communities. To order, contact Dr Ken Barter at kbarter@mun.ca.

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