Canadian Pediatric Society. (2012). Are We Doing Enough? A status report on Canadian public policy and child and youth health. Ottawa, ON. Retrieved from http://www.cps.ca/English/advocacy/StatusReport2012.pdf.
“Canada’s children and youth are inheriting many of the challenges that face our world, and it is our collective responsibility to prepare them for a complex future. As families, communities and decision-makers there is much we can do to ease their way. This report highlights what governments need to do to support the health, safety and well-being of children and youth, to better protect them today and to prepare for tomorrow.
Legislative and regulatory actions can strengthen parents and families in their efforts to raise healthy, safe and competent children. There are many examples of how legislation and public policy have improved conditions for children and youth, such as seat belt and helmet laws. This report reviews current policy on several fronts, suggests improvements and brings critical issues to the forefront of the public policy agenda.
In this fourth edition of Are We Doing Enough?, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) continues to assess key indicators of child and youth health at the provincial/territorial and federal levels. In addition to rating progress on these indicators, we outline specific actions to improve the legislative and public policy environments. These actions are based on clear need and on evidence that government intervention is effective. We hope this approach will provide direction to help policy-makers act in the best interests of children and youth.”