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Child Abuse and Neglect in CanadaA Guide for Mandatory Reporters$
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Lea Tufford

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190083472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190083472.001.0001

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Historical Foundations of Canadian Child Welfare and Mandatory Reporting

Historical Foundations of Canadian Child Welfare and Mandatory Reporting

(p.1) 1 Historical Foundations of Canadian Child Welfare and Mandatory Reporting
Child Abuse and Neglect in Canada

Lea Tufford

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the historical foundations of Canadian child welfare and mandatory reporting of child maltreatment. The first section addresses the changing conceptions of childhood from the Middle Ages through Canadian confederation to the present time. Legislation, both Canadian and international, which has profoundly impacted children’s lives is reviewed along with prominent figures who have increased our understanding of the attachment needs of children. What follows is an overview of the historical rise of the child welfare system in Canada and the jurisdictional separation of child welfare under provincial and territorial realms. The final section addresses the involvement of Canada’s Indigenous children in the child welfare system and provides a comprehensive overview of historical injustices against Indigenous peoples.

Keywords:   history, legislation, child welfare system, Indigenous, mandatory reporting, Canada

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