Together, let’s provide care and empower children for life

We aspire to a world in which every child receives the care and services they need to achieve their full potential. In 2020, Quebec is served by a network of 45 community social pediatrics centres reaching up to 12,000 children annually. Ontario has one centre while New Brunswick now has two. Social pediatrics is practised in British Columbia and many more initiatives are emerging elsewhere.
Let us continue working to build a caring society where every child has a place.

Working together to ensure access to community social pediatrics

Our mission is to mobilize the community to:

  • Give us the means to support front-line workers and increase their numbers
  • Influence practices
  • Promote our unique community social pediatrics model
  • And ensure its longevity

So that as many vulnerable children as possible can access care and services that respect their basic rights.

At the heart of our brand: a child’s protective circle

The symbol evokes the child’s protective circle and all the players that form part of it:

  • The 1st colourful organic circle represents meaningful people in the child’s life;
  • The larger circle, which encompasses the whole, represents the entire community, mobilized around the child and their family;
  • The 40 coloured areas and the inside circle, which represents the child in the centre of their entourage, refer to the 41 articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It supports the principle that the well-being of a child depends not only on the role of the child’s parents, but on the community. It also depicts all the depth of action and the organization’s structuring mission.

Our action plan

1. Supporting the deployment of the community social pediatrics network

The Fondation Dr Julien has developed the tools required to support the many communities seeking its expertise to gain knowledge about community social pediatrics. The goal shared with clinicians and social entrepreneurs is to integrate this model of care into communities in order to address the pressing needs of children being left behind.

2. Ensuring standard practice through certification

The Fondation Dr Julien supports a growing number of community social pediatrics centres and teams for the benefit of vulnerable children. A rigorous certification process ensures the implementation and continuous improvement of the practice, the quality of services and adherence to Dr. Julien’s unique community social pediatrics model.

3. Evolving best practices through clinical observation, social innovation and research

The Foundation must continue to respond to children and communities by keeping its feet firmly rooted in practice, on the ground. As a result, innovation and knowledge emerge from powerful intervention tools such as:

  • Group music practice and neuroscientific knowledge
  • Amicable dispute resolution, mediation and the Child’s Circle
  • Social development and the Rights Committee
  • Screening and prevention, Accès à l’école program and stimulation workshops

The Foundation also works to advance the practice and create the practices of tomorrow through two research chairs.

4. Looking to the future with the Community Social Pediatrics Institute

In order to pass on the knowledge gained through experience and innovation, the Foundation codifies and disseminates this knowledge through a continuum of training: from university education to community training and from professional development to international conferences.

5. Promoting the community social pediatrics model and practice

The Foundation influences how vulnerable children are cared for through conferences, education, sharing, listening and advising. This model can be adapted to local cultures; for example, increasing numbers of Indigenous communities are beginning to adopt it.

6. Ensuring longevity through philanthropic development and mobilization

The Foundation mobilizes the community so that children whose development is compromised by difficult living conditions can benefit from community social pediatrics care and services. We seek out committed partners who believe, as we do, that our collective duty is to care for, empower and support these children and protect their rights

An enduring partnership with the Government of Quebec since 2010

For more than 10 years, and as outlined in its Strategic Plan 2019–2023, the Quebec Ministère de la Famille aims to support the Quebec CSPCs, thereby improving the quality of life of vulnerable children.

  • A $21M grant was awarded to the Fondation from 2020 to 2023;
  • The goal is to improve access to CSPCs in order to reach and care for 12,750 by March 31, 2023;
  • The funding agreement is that the Fondation and the network commit to injecting as much money as the government contributes each year;

It is with great gratitude that we salute this partnership and the confidence shown in the Foundation, community social pediatrics and the Quebec’s CSPC network.

Dr Gilles Julien