The CSP Movement is made up of professionals working in organizations called community social pediatrics centres (CSPCs) who share a common purpose: to support the well-being of children and families at risk and help them develop their full potential, in keeping with respect for their fundamental rights. These professionals are also committed to improving their practice so they can gain further insight into the complexities of dealing with children at risk from disadvantaged communities.

Dr. Gilles Julien founded the first CSPC in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Montreal, in 1997. He then wanted to test the model in a multicultural community, which led to the opening of a second centre in Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges district in 2003.DSC_0123


Since then, teams of health care professionals have drawn on Dr. Julien’s approach to start up centres reflecting their own communities. These centres operate completely independently.

This section provides more information on the Movement, established CSPCs, as well as the support and assistance provided by the Fondation du Dr Julien to new and existing centres.

Being part of the Social Pediatrics Movement is first and foremost about sharing its mission and basic principles.

Provide community social pediatrics services to children at risk to improve their development and well-being, in keeping with respect for their fundamental rights.

  • The Movement’s actors use an integrated medicine approach focused on children’s needs and respect for children’s rights.
  • The Movement’s actors aim to contribute to the development and well-being of children at risk and to affect their lifecourse trajectories positively by providing free services and a safe environment.
  • The Movement’s actors address children’s health using a relationship-based approach, treating them within a biodevelopmental framework.
  • The Movement’s actors use an empowerment approach, relying on strengths found in the child, the family and the community and on their ability to take action and to grow.
  • The Movement’s actors are committed to ensuring equal rights for all children at all times, in all circumstances.
  • The Movement’s actors believe in including and working on an equal footing with the family, social and institutional networks, and helping these networks join forces effectively.
  • The Movement’s actors help take down boundaries between disciplines and build new skills to further professional development.
  • The Movement’s actors are innovative and creative in their practice and continually strive for excellence, in the spirit of social entrepreneurship.
  • The Movement’s actors influence public policy as part of their community mobilization efforts.
  • The Movement’s actors are committed to protecting, promoting and defending children’s rights.

To date, the Movement is:

  • 4000 children followed.
  • 200 professionals including pediatricians and family doctors, along with social workers, mediators and lawyers, psychoeducators, nurses, speech therapists, occupational therapists, music therapists, art therapists, special educators, and others.
  • More than 440 committed and dynamic volunteers.
  • More than 1000 volunteers during Social Pediatrics Day.
  • Financial support from communities, businesses and the Québec government.