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ERIC Number: ED180589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-21
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Child and Social Policy in Canada.
Hepworth, H. Philip
Social policy for child welfare in Canada should be tested in terms of what it does to support the integrity of the family. The Canadian family in recent years has changed as infant morality rates have fallen, and as the number of illegitimate births, marriages, divorces, and women working has increased. Although the child population as a whole has declined, it is predicted that a new baby boom will emerge during the next 10 to 15 years. In the past, policy-makers and politicians have often not responded adequately to major social changes. With more children at risk than before child welfare services generally have expanded to meet new demands, but some provinces, for political reasons, did not expand services. There is a tendency among some Canadians to resist or reverse the growth of social services and the social changes of the past two decades. There has been also considerable reluctance among Canadians to implement programs in observance of the International Year of the Child although there are many disadvantaged children in Canada. At this time Canadians should commit themselves to planning for social reconstruction. A strong argument can be made for putting emphasis on the problems and needs of early childhood. The needs of children are crucial issues for public debate and policy-making. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; International Year of the Child
Note: Paper presented at the Cypress Lectures 1978-1979 (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, March 21, l979)