La pédiatrie sociale n’est pas une discipline, c’est un état d’esprit
– Robert Debré, l’un des fondateurs de la pédiatrie moderne.
Sharing knowledge of community social pediatrics is a priority for the Fondation du Dr Julien. For more than 20 years, knowledge was passed on orally so that this innovative practice would continue to evolve over time.
As increasing numbers of professionals began working in this field, it became necessary to document the practice to make it more widely known and better understood. This website is the result of a knowledge mobilization process that began officially in 2011 when a knowledge transfer team was set up at the Fondation du Dr Julien.
Who are we?
This portal is one of several tools developed by the knowledge transfer team so that community social pediatrics can become BETTER KNOWN and RECOGNIZED . It also serves to MOBILIZE professionals and partners around the model. It provides information, training and several resources on the topic.
It was developed using an innovative developmental evaluation methodology to ensure it continued to meet the needs of target audiences as it was being created. The Renard team led by Professor Christian Dagenais of Université de Montréal’s Centre de recherche sur le transfert de connaissances [Knowledge Transfer Research Centre] conducted the project’s evaluation with the financial support of Avenir d’enfants.
The Fondation du Dr Julien’s knowledge transfer team’s mission is to develop activities to support continuous improvement of community social pediatrics practice among future practitioners and those currently working with children at risk. We also work to develop social pediatrics centres in communities where they are needed.
- Support the development of community social pediatrics centres.
- Develop human capital.
- Support research and facilitate evaluation of the community social pediatrics model.
Dr. Gilles Julien, social pediatrician, forerunner, beacon of hope
Dr. Gilles Julien has always been passionate about helping children at risk to thrive and develop their full potential. After earning his medical degree at Université Laval (1970) and specializing in pediatrics at Université de Montréal (1974), he became interested early in his career in the causes of morbidity among children facing social and economic injustice. He went on to hold several different positions in community and public health in Québec and around the world.
Using what he had learned from these experiences, he developed and refined his approach over the years so he could be more effective in helping children and families at risk. Beginning in 1990, he began to focus his practice on two disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Montreal: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Côte-des-Neiges. He also worked closely with professionals in the health system, youth protection and schools in Hull to prevent children being placed outside the home and to deal with situations involving neglect, violence and abuse in a disadvantaged neighbourhood.
It was during this time that he began integrating the notion of rights into his practice. This innovative approach, which he termed community social pediatrics, mobilized important people in the children’s lives (social service and health professionals, parents, teachers, etc.) with the aim of better addressing the children’s needs and ensuring that their rights and best interests were respected.
He set up two community social pediatrics centres in Montreal: Assistance d’enfants en difficulté in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (1997), and the Centre de services préventifs à l’enfance in Côte-des-Neiges (2003). With the help of key partners, the pediatrician and his team of professionals welcome several thousand children every year. His centres, affiliated with McGill University and Université de Montréal, provide sought-after training for doctors and other professionals in the fields of health, social work and law.
In 2005, Dr. Julien set up a charity to ensure the sustainability of community social pediatrics practice. The Fondation du Dr Julien oversees the two community social pediatrics centres and supports teams across the country working to set up social pediatrics centres that reflect their own communities.
Dr. Julien is recognized locally and internationally as an expert on child development in disadvantaged communities, preventing neglect, abuse and mistreatment, and on the impacts of social and economic i on children’s overall health. He is a fellow with the prestigious international community of social entrepreneurs, Ashoka, and has received numerous honours and distinctions, including the Lieutenant-Governor of Québec’s Gold Medal and induction into both the Ordre national du Québec and the Order of Canada.
Me Hélène (Sioui) Trudel
Me Hélène (Sioui) Trudel
L’équipe de transfert de connaissances