Protecting Children

The Child, Family and Community Service Act is the legislative authority for the ministry's Child Protection Services. Under the Act, the Minister designates the Director of Child Protection, who in turn delegates the provision of child protection services across the province to child protection social workers.

The Act requires that anyone who has reason to believe that a child may be abused, neglected, or is for any other reason in need of protection, must report it to the Director or a delegated social worker. These reports are investigated by social workers, who take the most appropriate action that is least disruptive for the child. These actions may include:

  • providing or arranging the provision of support services to the family
  • supervising the child's care in the home, or
  • protecting the child through removal from the family and placement with relatives, a foster family or specialized residential resources.

Social workers also have the delegated authority of the Director to approve foster homes for children who come into the care of the ministry. Resources such as group homes, specialized residential facilities, assessment resources, and respite resources are developed to serve children and youth in care.

Child protection services across the province are provided through 429 ministry offices in 13 service delivery areas and a number of delegated Aboriginal agencies. The child protection staff are supported by the provincial office of the Child Protection Division.

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Preventing abuse of children & youth

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Week

April 13-19 is Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Week in BC.

Child Abuse Prevention Day

April 8 is Child Abuse Prevention Day in BC.

Advocacy Protocol

between MCFD and the Representative for Children and Youth
April 4, 2011

Positive Parenting Videos

Check out our line-up of new videos, Understanding Positive Parenting and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Child Welfare Concerns Handbook

The handbook, Responding to Child Welfare Concerns, Your Role in Knowing When and What to Report is now available in 5 different languages. To view translated publications click here.