Ontario

Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario have the exclusive mandate under the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) to protect children who have been or are at risk of being abused and/or neglected by their caregivers, to provide for their care and supervision where necessary and to place children for adoption (CFSA, 1990). A total of 46 Children’s Aid Societies are specifically designated by the Minister of Children and Youth Services to investigate child abuse and neglect and take the necessary steps to care for children and youth in need of protection.  Seven are designated Aboriginal societies and 3 serve religious communities. Children’s Aid Societies are independent legal entities (corporations run by Boards of Directors) or Indian Bands (that operate under the Indian Act) and are accountable to the communities they serve. In addition to the CFSA, the Ontario Child Welfare Eligibility Spectrum and Child Protection Standards guide child protection workers at each phase of service delivery. For more information, visit the information sheet on Ontario's child welfare system.

Title Authors Year of Publication
Information Sheet
Household Composition in Child Maltreatment-Related Investigations in Ontario in 2018

Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
Lefebvre, Rachael
Fallon, Barbara

Information Sheet
School Referrals for Child Maltreatment-Related Concerns to the Ontario Child Welfare System in 2018

Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
Fallon, Barbara
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Lefebvre, Rachael

Report
Ontario Incidence Study Of Reported Child Abuse And Neglect - 2018 (OIS-2018)

Fallon, Barbara
Filippelli, Joanne
Lefebvre, Rachael
Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
Trocmé, Nico
Black, Tara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Hélie, Sonia
Morin, Yves
Fluke, John
King, Bryn
Esposito, Tonino
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Allan, Kate
Houston, Emmaline
Harlick, Maria
Bonnie, Nicole
Budau, Krista
Goodman, Deborah
Kartusch, Mark
Malti, Tina
Moody, Brenda
Rasteniene, Jolanta
Parada, Henry
Richard, Kenn
Schumaker, Kate
Stevens, Theresa
Stoddart, Jill

Report
Investigation Report: Johnson Children’s Services Inc. (Thunder Bay)

Ontario Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

Journal article
Experiences of child protection workers in collaborating with adult mental health providers: An exploratory study from Ontario, Canada

Mason, Robin
Du Mont, Janice
Paterson, Maeve
Hyman, Ilene

Journal article
An examination of trends in child sexual abuse investigations in Ontario over time

Fallon, Barbara
Joh-Carnella, Nicolette
Trocmé, Nico
Chabot, Martin
Esposito, Tonino
Nosrati-Inanlou, Mahsima
Collin-Vézina, Delphine

Journal article
The overrepresentation of First Nations children and families involved with child welfare: Findings from the Ontario incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect 2013

Ma, Jennifer
Fallon, Barbara
Richard, Kenn

Report
Investigation Report: “Alex”

Ontario Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

Journal article
Substantiated child maltreatment: Which factors do workers focus on when making this critical decision?

Stoddart, Jill K.
Fallon, Barbara
Trocmé, Nico
Fluke, John

Information Sheet
Characteristics of Investigations Involving First Nations Children Compared to White Children in Ontario in 2013

Richard, Kenn
Ma, Jennifer
Fallon, Barbara