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 Sort descending Authors Year of Publication
Other
Addressing the Effects of Child Maltreatment through the Lens of Domestic Violence

Lawson, Ann
Gardiner, Susan
MacLaurin, Bruce
Johansson, Bjorn

Other
Addressing the effects of child maltreatment through the lens of domestic violence

Lawson, Ann
Gardiner, Susan
Johansson, Bjorn
MacLaurin, Bruce
Giray, Elif
Crockford, Tina

Report
Advanced Family Violence Training for Child Intervention Staff: A Review of the Literature

Snyder, Lynda

Babins-Wagner, Robbie

Report
Advanced Family Violence Training for Child Intervention Staff: An Environmental Scan

Snyder, Lynda
Babins-Wagner, Robbie

Book chapter
Agression sexuelle et symptômes de dissociation chez des filles d’âge scolaire

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Hébert, Martine
Brabant, Marie-Ève

Information Sheet
Alberta incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect (AIS-2003): Rates of child maltreatment

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
McCormack, Megan
Pitman, Lisa

Information Sheet
Alberta incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect (AIS-2003): Service dispositions for substantiated child maltreatment

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Pitman, Lisa
McCormack, Megan

Report
Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2003 (AIS-2003): Major Findings

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
McCormack, Megan
Pitman, Lisa
Forest, Nathalie
Banks, Jennifer
Shangreaux, Corbin
Perrault, Ellen

Report
Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (AIS-2008): Major Findings
MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Sinha, Vandna
Feehan, Richard
Enns, Rick
Gail, Jordan
Kitt, Olivia
Thomas‑Prokop, Shelley
Zelt, Carolyn
Daoust, Gabrielle
Hutcheon, Emily
Budgell, Danielle
Journal article
Alienated Children and Parental Separation: Legal Responses in Canada's Family Courts

Bala, Nicholas
Fidler, Barbara-Jo
Goldberg, Dan
Houston, Claire