Injuries and death of children at the hands of their parents
This information sheet describes rates of physical harm documented in the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS) and rates of children killed by parents reported in the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics’ Homicide Survey. The CIS is a national child maltreatment surveillance survey conducted for the Public Health Agency of Canada every five years by the universities of McGill, Toronto and Calgary. The first two national cycles of the study were conducted in 1998 and 2003. Information is collected directly from the investigating child welfare workers using a standard set of definitions. The CIS-2003 tracked a sample of 11,560 child maltreatment investigations as a basis for deriving national estimates, excluding Quebec. Child homicides are documented in Canada through the Homicide Survey maintained by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. The Homicide Survey tracks all homicides reported by police departments across the country.