Policy & Legislation

This section contains information on Canadian child welfare legislation and policy. In Canada, child welfare services are provincially and territorially funded and legislated, with the exception of federally funded services to First Nations peoples living on reserves. In accordance with individual agreements negotiated between First Nations communities, provincial/territorial governments, and the federal government, an increasing number of First Nations are delivering child and family services in accordance with provincial and territorial child welfare laws.

Title Authors Year Type of Publicationsort icon
Defining ‘reasonable force’: Does it advance child protection?

Durrant, Joan E.
Fallon, Barbara
Lefebvre, Rachael
Allan, Kate

2017 Journal article
Recognition and Reconciliation Protocol on First Nations Children, Youth and Families

Province of British Columbia, the First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the BC Assembly of First Nations

2009 Other
Child and Family Services Act 2008 Other
Child and Youth Advocate Act 2009 Other
Adoption Act 2010 Other
Child Protection Act 2010 Other
Social Work Act 1988 Other
Wen:de: We are Coming to the Light of Day

Blackstock, Cindy
Prakash, Tara
Loxley, John
Wien, Fred

2005 Report
Management of Aboriginal Child Protection Services

Doyle, John

2008 Report
Report on the Review of the Child and Family Services Act: Building Stronger Families

Northwest Territories Standing Committee on Social Programs

2010 Report