Quebec

The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (Ministère de la Santé et Services sociaux) is responsible for providing protection services to children and youth in accordance with the mandate outlined in the Youth Protection Act. There are currently 16 Youth Centres (YC) and three multi-mission centres across the province.  Both of these centres are responsible for services under the Youth Protection Act as well as the Youth Criminal Justice Act (2002). In each centre, there is a director of youth protection (DYP) who is responsible for enforcing the Youth Protection Act. The DYP also has the powers of a provincial director under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In the youth protection system in Quebec, the intervention process consists of the following stages: receiving and processing a report (intake), evaluating the situation (investigation), orienting the child (intervention planning), and implementing interventions and reviewing the situation. These stages are carried out in separate administrative units, except for the evaluation and orientation stages which are carried out by the same workers. For more information, please see the information sheet on Quebec's child welfare system.

Quebec - Statistics

External Statistics Links

 
Family and Household Statistics
Taux d'incidence des nouvelles prises en charge dans le cadre de la Loi sur la Protection de la Jeunesse (LPJ)
Certains indicateurs repères en vertu de la LPJ, 1994-1995 à 2006-2007

Child Maltreatment Investigations in Quebec, 1998 and 2008*

  1998 2008
Child population 1,658,480 1,549,200
Number of child maltreatment investigations 25,615 28,608
Incidence of child maltreatment investigations per 1000 children 15.44 18.47

Type of Child Maltreatment Investigation in Quebec, 2008*

  Number Rate per 1,000 children Percent
Maltreatment Investigation 23,727 15.31 83%
Risk Investigation 4,881 3.15 17%

Categories of Substantiated Child Maltreatment Investigations in Quebec, 2008*

Category of Maltreatment Number Rate per 1,000 children Percent
Risk of Future Maltreatment 1,494 0.96 8%
Physical Abuse 4,322 2.79 23%
Sexual Abuse 1,204 0.78 6%
Neglect 5,219 3.37 27%
Emotional Maltreatment 2,713 1.75 14%
Behavioural Problems 4,700 3.03 25%
Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence 4,017 2.59 21%

Placement in Child Maltreatment Investigations in Quebec, 1998 and 2008*

  1998 Number 1998 Rate 2008 Number 2008 Rate
No Placement 16,776 10.12 24,238 15.65
Informal Kinship Care - - 780 0.50
Formal Placement 7,790 4.7 3,178 2.06
Type of Placement Unknown 834 0.50 340 0.22

 

* Hélie, S., Turcotte, D., Trocmé, N., & Tourigny, M. (2012). Étude d’incidence québécoise sur les situations évaluées en protection de la jeunesse en 2008: Rapport final (p. 252). Montreal, QC: Centre jeunesse de Montréal-Institut universitaire. Retrieved from http://cwrp.ca/publications/2522

§ Child welfare services fall under the jurisdiction of provincial and territorial authorities, making it difficult to compile statistics at the national level. The most notable variations between provinces include mandate variation by jurisdiction with respect to the age to which children are eligible for services, differences in the length of time a child can receive out-of-home care and the definition of out-of-home care.

Title Authors Yearsort icon Type
Risk Factors Associated With the Chronicity of High Potential for Child Abuse and Neglect

Ethier, Louise S.
Couture, Germain
Lacharité, Carl

2004 Report
A Longitudinal study of the effects of chronic maltreatment on children’s behavioral and emotional problems

Ethier, Louise S.
Lemelin, Jean-Pascal
Lacharité, Carl

2004 Report
Évaluation des processus et des effets du programme IRI-Accueil du CJM-IU : Rapport final d’évaluation

Dagenais, Christian
Dupont, Didier
Gratton, Geneviève

2004 Report
Domestic violence: Protecting children by involving fathers and helping mothers

Lavergne, Chantal
Chamberland, Claire
Laporte, Lise
Baraldi, Rosanna

2003 Information sheet
Psychological abuse: Children's invisible suffering

Chamberland, Claire
Laporte, Lise
Lavergne, Chantal
Baraldi, Rosanna

2003 Information sheet
Portrait des interventions visant l’insertion socioprofessionnelle et la préparation à la vie autonome dans les centres jeunesse du Québec

Goyette, Martin

2003 Report
Quebec Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse, Neglect, Abandonment and Serious Behaviour Problems (EIQ)

Mayer, Micheline
Tourigny, Marc
Wright, John

2002 Report
Analyse descriptive d'un service d'intervention psychosociale en CLSC pour enfants de 6 à 12 ans victimes d'abus sexuel ou manifestant des comportements sexuels problématiques

Turner, Julie
Chamberland, Claire
Hamelin, Annie
Tourigny, Marc

2001 Report
Transmission intergénérationnelle de la maltraitance : étude des liens entre les facteurs de protection et les facteurs de risque auprès d’une population de mères en difficulté

Moreau, Jacques
Chamberland, Claire
Oxman-Martinez, Jacqueline
Roy, Catherine
Léveillé, Sophie
Laporte, Lise
Tabakian, Nayiri

2001 Report
Entente multisectorielle relative aux enfants victimes d’abus sexuels, de mauvais traitements physiques ou d’une absence de soins menaçant leur santé physique

Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Ministère de la Justice
Ministère de la Sécurité publique
Ministère de l'Éducation
Ministère de la Famille et de l'Enfance

2001 Report

Quebec - Legislation

Quebec Legislation
Youth Protection Act

 

Last Namesort icon First Name Organization Province/Territory
Razik Noureddine Centre de protection et de réadaptation de la Côte-Nord Quebec
Richardson Catherine Université de Montréal Quebec
Roy Catherine McGill University Quebec
Saint-Jacques Marie-Christine Université Laval Quebec
Serbin Lisa A. Concordia University Quebec
Simard Marie-Claude Centre jeunesse de Québec - Institut universitaire Quebec
Sinha Vandna McGill Unversity Quebec
St-Amand Annick Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Quebec
St-Laurent Diane Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Quebec
Stipanicic Annie University du Québec à Trois-Rivières Quebec
Temcheff Caroline E. Université de Sherbrooke Quebec
Toupin Jean Université de Sherbrooke Quebec
Tourigny Marc Université de Sherbrooke Quebec
Tremblay Gilles Université Laval Quebec
Trocmé Nico McGill University Quebec
Turcotte Geneviève Centre jeunesse de Montréal - Institut universitaire Quebec
Turcotte Daniel Université Laval Quebec
Van Wert Melissa McGill University Quebec