Policies & Guidelines

"Clinical Guidelines" are recommendations that are based on empirical evidence (such as open trials, case studies) and/or strong clinical consensus. Clinical guidelines apply approximately 75% of the time. These practices should always be considered by the clinician, but there are exceptions to their application." (Adapted from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).


At present, CACAP has not produced comprehensive specific disorder treatment guidelines.


CACAP has supported statements about particular issues as noted here:


Measuring in Support of Early Childhood Development


Getting it Right at 18 Months: In Support of an Enhanced Well-baby Visit


Positions Statements

The Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has published and supported the following documents with accompanying recommendations documenting the position of the Academy.


Cardiac Risk Assessment Prior to the Use of Stimulants in Children and Youth 


2008 Position Paper on Using SSRIs in Children and Adolescents


Child Psychiatry in Canada: Physician Resources


In Canada and the United States there is emerging concern about a shortage of child psychiatrists that is predicted to get worse. This paper addresses relevant factors affecting supply and demand for child psy­chiatry services and makes a number of recommen­dations to address the problem.


National Health Care and the Mental Health of Children


During the fall of 2001, the Canadian Alliance Party, Health Care Advisory Committee requested comments from the Canadian Academy of Child Psychiatry on the Statement of Purpose and the five Key Issues of their Discussion Framework document.

On 2002-04-22, the Academy sent its reply to the following political parties and organizations:

  • The Canadian Alliance Party
  • The Liberal Party of Canada
  • The New Democratic Party
  • The Progressive Conservative Party
  • The Bloc québécois
  • The Canadian Pediatric Society
  • The Canadian Institute for Child Health
  • The Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada

Corporal Punishment


Corporal punishment is the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correction or control of the child's behavior.


The Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recommends against the use of corporal punishment in the raising of children.

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