Study: Spanking May Change Children’s Brains

Rare is the parent who’s never so much as thought about spanking an unruly child. But a new study provides another reason to avoid corporal punishment: Spanking may cause changes in the same areas of a child’s brain affected by more severe physical and sexual abuse. Previous research has consistently found links between spanking and behavioral problems, aggression, depression, and […]

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IWK CEO calls for government leaders to improve health of children

Child advocates across Canada, including IWK CEO Dr. Krista Jangaard in Halifax, are calling for federal political leaders to address issues threatening Canada’s children, such as poverty and abuse. A report called Raising Canada: Elections 2019, released Tuesday by the national non-profit Children First Canada with research from the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, pinpoints the top 10 threats to […]

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New Brunswick’s social work system failed 5 children in Saint John neglect case: report

A report on a horrific child-neglect case involving five children under nine years of age has found New Brunswick social workers failed to meet protection standards. Child and Youth Advocate Norman Bosse says social workers need to understand and use their authority to enter a home and remove a child who may be in danger. Sheriff’s deputies in 2016 discovered […]

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When Report Cards Go Out on Fridays, Child Abuse Increases on Saturdays, Study Finds

Report card day can provoke anxiety and dread among students. It may also lead some of them to fear for their physical well-being. A new study found a nearly fourfold increase in confirmed reports of child abuse on the Saturdays immediately after the distribution of report cards at Florida public schools. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, focused […]

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