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 2018

Children in care Child (0-15) population Rate per 1000*
5,227 229,100 22.8

*The rate per 1000 is calculated using the population of children covered under the age of protection in Saskatchewan (under 16 years old). 

§ 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 Year Typesort icon
Shhh…LISTEN!! We Have Something To Say! Youth Voices From The North

Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth

2016 Report
The Structured Decision Making® System for Child Protective Services: Policy and Procedures Manual for Saskatchewan

NCDD Children's Research Centre

2017 Report
2016 Annual Report

Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth

2017 Report
Voices for Reform: Options for Change to Saskatchewan First Nations Child Welfare

Voices for Reform: Options for Change to Saskatchewan First Nations Child Welfare

2017 Report
Last Name First Name Organization Province/Territory
Kovach Margaret University of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan
White Judy University of Regina Saskatchewan
McKay Sharon University of Regina Saskatchewan
Sinclair Raven University of Regina Saskatchewan
Montgomery H. Monty University of Regina Saskatchewan