Child welfare caseloads are increasing across Alberta but the factors driving this increase are not clearly understood. This is one in a series of fact sheets highlighting key findings from an Alberta-wide study of child welfare investigations conducted in 2003.
The 2003 Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (AIS-2003) is the first study conducted in this province to examine the incidence of reported child maltreatment. The AIS-2003 collected information on a sample of 2,653 child maltreatment investigations conducted at 11 child welfare offices in Alberta. Figures presented here are weighted estimates and do not include maltreated children who were not reported to a child welfare authority.