Children’s Rights: Fact Sheets

This series of fact sheets introduces important issues for children in Canada. Each fact sheet has easy-to-use information on a specific aspect of children’s rights in Canada.

Learn  about priorities for action in Canada. Share the fact sheets with others.   More detail on each issue is available in associated Working Papers.

Preventing Violence Against Children


Canada continues to have high rates of violence against children. This Fact Sheet provides an overview of types, causes, and effective steps to implement Article 19 which articulates a duty to take all appropriate measures to prevent all forms of violence against children.

Detailed analysis is available in three documents posted here.



Child Welfare and Children's Rights


Child welfare systems in Canada are not working for many children, with serious consequences for them and for Canada.
Taking children’s rights seriously would  make them more effective.  This Fact Sheet names three priority areas for reform.
Detailed analysis is available in a working paper, Child Welfare and Children’s Rights.




Children's Rights in Canada


Canada has a patchwork of policies for children. That means some fall through the cracks of fragmented support systems.  Children need coherence in order to flourish.  Implementing the Convention in Canada would benefit children by bringing greater coherence.  This Fact Sheet on General Measures: All Rights for All Children highlights critical changes needed in Canada.  A Working Paper, entitled  Closing Gaps: Systemic Change is Essential for Children in Canada, provides detailed analysis of how Canada has responded to recommendations for systemic change and what the CCRC proposes to improve conditions for children in Canada.



Right to Health


The Right to Health, Article 24 in the Convention, is important for Canada because it focuses on healthy living conditions, which need more attention in health policy in Canada.   This Fact Sheet, Healthy Conditions for Growing Up in Canada, outlines 3 areas for action during this review of children rights.  A Working Paper, entitled The Social Determinants of Health, provides a summary of existing research that shows what we need to do to improve the health of our children in Canada.




Right to a Home


Implementing children’s rights would help to prevent youth homelessness.  Research with young people who experience homelessness reveals a pattern of waiting too long, until there is a crisis, to respond to issues that affect them.  Early intervention could better realize children’s right to a home and reduce the need for more costly crisis response services.  This Fact Sheet, Rights and Preventing Youth Homelessness, provides basic facts and outlines 3 areas of action, as part of the new national housing strategy and  part of the 5th/6th Review of how Canada implements children’s rights.



Mental Health and Children's Rights


Mental health is named as a high priority for improvement by young people.   This Fact Sheet, Mental Health and Children’s Rights outlines key issues in Canada, how Canada responded to recommendations in the last review, and what should be done before the end of this review to make progress for children’s right to grow up healthy.  More details are available in Mental Health and Children’s Rights: A Working Paper.