Violence and maltreatment: Are Quebec’s youngest children safe from harm?

According to the latest report published by the Observatoire des tout-petits , “Violence and maltreatment: Are Quebec’s youngest children safe from harm?” there has been a steady rise in the maltreatment of young children aged 0-5 in Quebec since 2007.  In 2015-2016, the Directors of Youth Protection in Quebec received 7,700 reports of maltreatment of young children, which represents at least 20 new substantiated reports every day.

The maltreatment of children remains a troubling issue in Quebec. Given the greater vulnerability and dependence of babies, toddlers and preschoolers for their daily care and basic needs, abuse of these young children can have serious repercussions on their security and development and can carry right through into adulthood and last a lifetime.

Source: Observatoire des tout-petits, Violence and maltreatment: Are Quebec’s youngest children safe from harm?”


Recent Reports on children maltreatment by the Observatoire des tout-petits include:

–    The Comprehensive 42-Page Report
–    Highlights from the Special Report
–    Information for Decision-Makers: The Costs of Child Maltreatment in Quebec

Where to Find Help in the Outaouais:

Director of Youth Protection (DYP)
If you believe that a child is being mistreated or neglected, or if you believe the child displays serious behavioural problems, you may report it to the DYP.  The DYP is responsible for protecting children and youth when their safety or development may be endangered.
819 771-6631
1 800 567-6810

Info-Santé 81-1-1 / Info-Social 8-1-1
A free and confidential telephone consultation service for non-urgent health matters. In the event of a psycho-social problem, dialing 8-1-1 now also puts you quickly in contact with a psycho-social intervention worker. Info-Social professionals offer advice and answer related questions.

Tel-Aide Outaouais 
Crisis help-line, available 24/7.

A free, confidential resource for young people throughout Quebec, available 24/7.  You can call, text, or send a question online to receive help from a professional counsellor on any topic you may be struggling with (e.g. self-esteem, relationship questions, sexuality, school, etc.)

Parent Helpline
Confidential listening service, free advice, answers and professional support for parents of kids and teens (0-20), available 24/7.

Kids Help Phone
Call this free, confidential and anonymous helpline to speak with a professional counsellor.

Related Information

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Information on family violence including types of abuse, warning signs, impacts and what to do.