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|
|Child Neglect: Developmental Issues and Outcomes||
|Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Families who have Experienced Family Violence: A Practice Guide for Child Welfare Professionals||
|Externalizing Problems and Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Same Etiology?||
|Voices Discovering Each Other as They Rise From Canada's Fragmented Child Welfare System||
|Voices of Passion, Voices of Hope||
|Agression sexuelle et symptômes de dissociation chez des filles d’âge scolaire||
|Factors related to chronic neglect in families||
Éthier, Louise S.
|Pathways to the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in care||
|Child abuse and neglect investigations in Canada: Comparing 1998 and 2003 data||
|Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence in Canada||