You are interested in getting involved in community social pediatrics, but don’t know where to begin. Here are a few ways you can help. If you don’t find answers to your questions, please feel free to get in touch directly. 

  • Community social pediatrics (CSP) is designed for children living in high-risk circumstances..
  • You first need to make sure there is a centre in the child’s neighbourhood. CSP centres only offer services to children living in their neighbourhood. This closeness ensures children and families are able to access services easily and continue to use them, and fosters ongoing partnerships with professionals involved with the child in various ways. Being nearby is essential for an effective CSP service delivery system.  If there is a CSP centre in the child’s neighbourhood, don’t hesitate  to contact it.
  • A professional from the centre will do an initial assessment of the request and ensure follow-up. He/she will take into consideration a number of factor including the source of the referral, the child’s place of residence, the presence or lack of other services to meet the child’s needs and the family’s psychosocial situation.
  • The assessment/course of action meeting is neither a multidisciplinary nor a multisectoral gathering. Its aim is to make it easier to share information and ensure that the child receives coherent services. To do this, significant adults and professionals already involved in the child’s life are brought together. This meeting will provide you with an opportunity to hear everyone’s point of view, including that of the child and family, and to express your own opinion. The common understanding that emerges from the meeting is an effective way to determine the child’s needs and address them comprehensively.
  • Thus, you should expect an informal atmosphere where the child’s needs and challenges are discussed openly and respectfully with the child and the family.
  • You should also expect to step out of your comfort zone and to go beyond your role as an expert in order to participate fully in a process of working together to develop hypotheses and seeking possible solutions to improve the child’s well-being. This occurs in partnership with the child, the family and other key adults in the child’s life (link to collective know-how).
  • Each assessment/course of action meeting lasts approximately 45 minutes.

If you wish to be better prepared, you can:

  • CSP services are intended for children whose health and well-being are at risk because of their difficult living conditions. Typically, these children face many problems at home, in school and in their lives generally.
  • It is important to understand that support offered after a meeting with the CSP team will generate better results if children live in the neighbourhood served by the centre. You should therefore check to see if there is a CSP centre in your neighbourhood. If so, we suggest you contact it directly.
  • Here is the list of centres providing services.
  • You should expect to be greeted by a warm and open team, ready to listen to what you have to say.
  • In CSP, the child and family are active participants in all discussions and decisions. You will be asked to share your concerns and expectations regarding the child’s needs with the social pediatrics team and to work with them to find solutions to the problems the child faces.
  • You should also expect professionals (school, youth protection, etc.) already involved in the child’s life to be present at the meeting. This is necessary so that everyone can fully grasp the child’s situation and needs in order to work together to come up with and put in place the most appropriate solutions. In general, the centre’s social worker contacts the family to discuss which professionals should be invited to the meeting.
  • To get a better idea of what is involved in a meeting, you can watch this video or read our description of the clinical process.
  • You can also read a practitioner’s observations: A Day in the Life of Dr. Julien (in French).

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Students from the following disciplines can be trained in community social pediatrics: pediatrics, family medicine, social work, psychoeducation, nursing, law, art therapy, music therapy, special education, occupational therapy, speech therapy.

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The following sites also have extensive information on children’s rights:




Community social pediatrics calls for medically trained professionals, supported by experts from other disciplines. Specialists from the following fields all contribute to CSP: pediatrics, family medicine, social work, law, psychoeducation, art therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and special education. CSP also demands special skills and abilities.

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  • Community social pediatrics encourages the use of alternative and non-adversarial approaches to resolving differences, as often as possible.
  • The legal advisor works closely with the centre’s clinical team (doctor and social worker). He or she offers legal support, can lead negotiations and can mediate between two or more parties.
  • Legal services cover areas of the law related to negative impacts of the determinants of health: landlord/tenant law, family law, youth protection laws, immigration law, right to information, right to education, laws related to health and social services, labour and employment laws, human rights, and civil rights.

If the kinds of services required by CSP match your interests and expertise, we suggest you:

Every year, hundreds of volunteers are involved in activities organized by the Fondation du Dr Julien and other social pediatrics centres throughout Quebec. They are instrumental in helping social pediatrics centres fulfill their mandates.

Many volunteers decide to become involved directly with children by:

  • Leading activities organized in alleys and parks
  • Becoming mentors
  • Teaching sports or art classes
  • Helping with homework or other specific academic needs
  • Providing legal assistance

For children who are marginalized or all too often experience instability in their daily lives, a volunteer presence is a source of motivation and encouragement. It is a way to rebuild a sense of belonging and establish trusting relationships that are often wanting.

Other volunteers prefer to help out with tasks such as:

  • Administration
  • Organizing the Guignolée du Dr Julien and other fundraising activities
  • Chores, including cleaning and upkeep around the centre
  • Food distribution

If you would like to become a volunteer in a community social pediatrics centre, we suggest you:

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