CWRP Information Sheet #214E. Montreal, QC: Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal
This Information Sheet examines the characteristics of older adolescents, aged 16 to 17, involved in maltreatment-related investigations conducted by child welfare agencies across Ontario in 2018. The following figures were derived from data collected during the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 (OIS-2018). The OIS-2018 is the sixth provincial study to examine the incidence of reported child maltreatment and the characteristics of children and families investigated by child welfare authorities in Ontario. This Information Sheet includes descriptive characteristics and frequencies relevant to older adolescents (aged 16-17), as indicated by child welfare workers following a maltreatment-related investigation. Investigation characteristics involving older adolescents (aged 16-17) were also compared with those involving younger adolescents (aged 11-16) and children (aged 0-10) to examine possible differences across distinct developmental age groups.