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
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
Prescribing Antidepressants for Depression in 2005: Recent Concerns and Recommendations
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 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.