Child Abuse & Neglect
Child abuse and neglect include acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that result in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. The five primary forms of maltreatment are physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, emotional maltreatment and exposure to domestic violence.
For a document that outlines definitions of frequently used terms in child abuse and neglect research, see the page with the glossary of social work and child maltreatment related terms.
You can get more information on the signs of child maltreatment from the Family Violence Initiative, operated by the Department of Justice of Canada. You can also contact Kid’s Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 for further information.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or are looking for information about services for children or families experiencing difficulties you can contact your local child welfare authority. Click here to find the local child authority agency in your province or territory. Please visit our FAQs section to learn more about child abuse and neglect.
|Title||Authors||Year||Type of Publication|
|Sexual abuse history among adult sex offenders and non-sex offenders: A meta-analysis||
|Physical abuse and physical punishment in Canada||
|Liability considerations in child welfare: lessons from Canada||
|Childhood trauma and injection drug use among high-risk youth||
|Early childhood home visiting programs||
|Risk assessment in child welfare||
|False Allegations of Abuse and Neglect||
|A Special Case Review in Regard to the Death of Phoenix Sinclair||
Koster, Andrew J.
|Mothering Under Difficult Circumstances: Challenges to working with battered women||
|Les variations des taux de mauvais traitements envers les enfants : réalités épidémiologiques ou changements de normes?||