If you think a child is being harmed or neglected,
contact CFS at 1-866-345-9241.
Note: If this is an emergency, contact your local police emergency number.

Publications for Children and Families

Reports and Reviews | Booklets and Brochures | Guides and Manuals

Reports and Reviews

Child Care Commission report and The Task Force on Educational Outcomes (PDF)

Options for Action: An Implementation Report for The Legacy of Phoenix Sinclair: Achieving the Best for All Our Children

Fixed Rate Contract Review of Temporary Staffing (PDF) - December 2014
Family Services completed a review of the services provided by private contractors in the child and family services system.

The Legacy of Phoenix Sinclair  - January 2014
Achieving the Best for All Our Children
The Hon. Ted Hughes O.C., Q.C., LL.D. (Hon), Commissioner

A Report on the Independent Review of Cathedral Valley Group Home (PDF) - January 2010
In June 2008, the province commissioned an independent review of the Cathedral Valley Group Home to gather information on the full extent of the conditions that existed in the Cathedral Valley Group Home when it was active in the 1970s and 1980s and to recommend any appropriate resources for healing of its former residents. The Cathedral Valley Group Home was opened in January 1971. It was run by a private operator from whom government and other agencies purchased services

Audit of the Child and Family Services Division Pre-Devolution Child in Care Processes and Practices – Office of the Auditor General Manitoba - December 2006

"Strengthening our Youth" Their Journey to Competence and Independence (PDF) - November 2006

Changes for Children: Strengthening the Commitment to Child Welfare Response to the External Reviews into the Child and Family Services System (PDF)  - October 2006

A special case review in regard to the death of Phoenix Sinclair (PDF)  - September 2006

Strengthen the Commitment: An External Review of the Child Welfare System (PDF)  - September 2006

The Child Death Review: A Report To the Minister of Family Services & Housing Province of Manitoba Review (PDF) - June 2006

Children's Advocate Shelter Review Report (PDF)  - March 2004
The Children's Advocate report reviewing the Winnipeg Child and Family Services Emergency Shelter Response System and the Department's response and action plan to address the recommendations.

Child and Family Services Standing Committee Report on Activities 2022-2023 (PDF)
The CFS Authority Standing Committee serves as an advisory body to the authorities and the government, and is responsible for facilitating cooperation and coordination in the provision of services under the Child and Family Services Authorities Act. The CFS Authority Standing Committee Annual Report on Activities outlines collective practice approaches and decisions relating to changes impacting child welfare practices.

Previous Reports:


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Booklets and Brochures

Child Abuse Registry Brochure (PDF)

The Social Services Appeal Board
How to file an appeal if you disagree with a decision concerning your application for adoption licensing, child care subsidies, child care licensing and other programs.

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Guides and Manuals

Child and Family Services Standards Manual
Provincial standards for child and family services and adoption services in Manitoba.

Protocol on Children and Families Moving Between Provinces and Territories
Protocol signed by provinces and territories to ensure that families will not face barriers to service when moving within Canada.

Reporting of Child Protection and Child Abuse: Handbook and Protocols for Manitoba Service Providers (PDF)
A resource for those involved in identifying, reporting and dealing with a child in need of protection, including child abuse.

Introducing: Reporting of Child Protection and Child Abuse (PDF) 
A fact sheet introducing the new handbook, which provides detailed guidelines on how to recognize and report child abuse and children in need of protection.

For alternate format requests, please contact the Department of Families Accessibility Coordinator:

Department of Families
Accessibility Coordinator
205 - 114 Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4V4
Phone: 204-945-3744
Email: fswebunit@gov.mb.ca
For general inquiries contact Manitoba Inquiry

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