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
Subtypes of Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence Investigated by Child Welfare Authorities in Ontario in 2013

Fallon, Barbara
Van Wert, Melissa

Report
Summary Report: Five Years of Investigations April 1, 2012–March 31, 2017

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta

Journal article
Testing the limits: Extending attachment-based intervention effects to infant cognitive outcome and parental stress
Dubois-Comtois, Karine
Cyr, Chantal
Tarabulsy, George M. 
St-Laurent, Diane
Bernier, Annie
Moss, Ellen
Report
The case for specialized health care representatives to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Newfoundland and Labrado

Journal article
The journey of obtaining services: The realities of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Gagnier, Charlotte
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Sablonnière-Griffin, Mireille De La
Journal article
The placement trajectories of youth served by child protection for sexual abuse

Esposito, Tonino
Delaye, Ashleigh
Chabot, Martin
Trocmé, Nico
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Simpson, Megan

Journal article
The potential educational benefits of extending foster care to young adults: Findings from a natural experiment

Courtney, Mark E.
Hook, Jennifer L.

Journal article
Trauma-symptom profiles of adolescents in child welfare
Gallitto, Elena
Lyons, Jennifer
Weegar, Kelly
Romano, Elisa
Journal article
Which maltreated children are at greatest risk of aggressive and criminal behavior? An examination of maltreatment dimensions and cumulative risk
Van Wert, Melissa
Mishna, Faye
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Information Sheet
A Profile of Intimate Partner Violence Investigations by Child Age in Ontario in 2013

Filippelli, Joanne
Kartusch, Mark
Black, Tara
Fallon, Barbara