In Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Social Services is responsible for providing protection services for children under the age of 16 (and in exceptional cases to youth under 18 years of age) under the mandate of the Child and Family Services Act (1989-90). There are 19 Child Protection offices across the province, within three service areas. Alleged maltreatment is reported directly to the child welfare offices in each of the three service areas that serve children off-reserve. The Adoption Act (1998) and The Emergency Protection for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Act (2002) are other pieces of legislation related to the well-being and protection of children in Saskatchewan (MacLaurin et al., 2011). For more information, please visit the information sheet on Saskatchewan's child welfare services.

Saskatchewan - Statistics

Saskatchewan: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2007

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000
5,447 251,271 21.7

§ 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
Saskatchewan's child welfare system

Fast, Elizabth
Simpson, Megan
Trocmé, Nico

2014 Information sheet
Out of Sight: How One Aboriginal Child’s Best Interests Were Lost Between Two Provinces

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2013 Report
2012-2013 Annual Report

Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services

2013 Report
First Nations Child Welfare in Saskatchewan

Kozlowski, Anna
Sinha, Vandna
Hartsook, Gail
Thomas, Shelley
Montgomery, H. Monty

2012 Information sheet
2010-2011 Annual Report

Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services

2011 Report
Saskatchewan's Children and Youth Agenda

Cabinet Committee on Children and Youth

2011 Report
Ministry of Social Services Annual Report Highlights from 2010-11

Ministry of Social Services

2011 Report
Saskatchewan Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (SIS‑2008): Major Findings

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Sinha, Vandna
Enns, Rick
Feehan, Richard
Rosenbluth, David
Holroyd, Jill
Farnell, Janet
Gail, Jordan
Kitt, Olivia
Thomas-Prokop, Shelley
Zelt, Carolyn
Budgell, Danielle
Hutcheon, Emily
Daoust, Gabrielle

2011 Report
Saskatchewan Child Welfare Review Panel Report: For The Good of Our Children and Youth

Saskatchewan Child Welfare Review Panel Report

2010 Report
A Breach of Trust: An Investigation Into Foster Home Overcrowding in the Saskatoon Service Centre

Bernstein, Marvin

2009 Report
Last Namesort icon First Name Organization Province/Territory
Kovach Margaret University of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan
McKay Sharon University of Regina Saskatchewan
Montgomery H. Monty University of Regina Saskatchewan
Sinclair Raven University of Regina Saskatchewan
White Judy University of Regina Saskatchewan