child abuse & neglect

Child abuse and neglect include acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that result in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.  The five primary forms of maltreatment are physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, emotional maltreatment and exposure to domestic violence.

For a document that outlines definitions of frequently used terms in child abuse and neglect research, see the page with the glossary of social work and child maltreatment related terms.

You can get more information on the signs of child maltreatment from the Family Violence Initiative, operated by the Department of Justice of Canada. You can also contact Kid’s Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 for further information.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or are looking for information about services for children or families experiencing difficulties you can contact your local child welfare authority. Click here to find the local child authority agency in your province or territory. Please visit our FAQs section to learn more about child abuse and neglect.

Title Authors Year of Publication
Information Sheet
Characteristics of Maltreatment-Related Investigations Involving Older Adolescents Aged 16 to 17 in Ontario in 2018

Alman, Isayah
Lyons, Olive
& King, Bryn

Report
Mashkiwenmi-daa Noojimowin: Let’s have strong minds for the healing: First Nations Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2018

Crowe, Amber
Schiffer, Jeffrey
Fallon, Barbara
Houston, Emmaline
Black, Tara
Lefebvre, Rachael
Filippelli, Joanne
Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
Trocmé, Nico

Information Sheet
Police Involvement in Child Maltreatment Investigations in Ontario in 2018

William, Kineesha
Risidore, Jordan
Edwards, Travonne
King, Bryn

Information Sheet
Characteristics of Placements in Out of Home Care During the Investigation in Ontario in 2018

Risidore, Jordan
Edwards, Travonne
King, Bryn

Information Sheet
Housing Conditions in Child Maltreatment-Related Investigations in Ontario in 2018

Best, Laura
Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
Fallon, Barbara
Lefebvre, Rachael

Information Sheet
Investigations Involving Latin American Children in Ontario in 2018

Parada, Henry
Mohamud, Faisa
King, Bryn
Fallon, Barbara
Black, Tara

Information Sheet
Previous Case Openings by Primary Form of Substantiated Maltreatment in Ontario in 2018

Davidson, Laura
Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
King, Bryn

Information Sheet
Ongoing Child Welfare Services and Referrals to Services by Primary Form of Substantiated Maltreatment in Ontario 2018

Davidson, Laura
Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
King, Bryn

Information Sheet
Mental or Emotional Harm by Primary Form of Substantiated Maltreatment in Ontario in 2018

Davidson, Laura
Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
King, Bryn

Information Sheet
Placement in Out of Home Care During the Investigation in Ontario in 2018

Risidore, Jordan
Edwards, Travonne
King, Bryn