About the Data - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

About the Data

The data provided on the Child Intervention Data Tool provides information on all children who received services through Initial Assessment, Child Intervention or Post-Intervention Supports in a fiscal year, April 1 to March 31.

This data is broader than the Official Statistics which provide a yearly snapshot (average monthly caseload) of the Child Intervention system. This data includes all children who received services with the Child Intervention system over the course of a year.

Criteria for Inclusion

A child was included in the counts if they received services through Initial Assessment, Child Intervention or Post-Intervention Supports during a fiscal year.

A child will only be counted once in each program type during a fiscal year, however, they may be counted across multiple years or across programs.

For example, a child who had an Initial Assessment and proceeded to an open file in Child Intervention will be counted once in Initial Assessment and once in Child Intervention.

The type of service and placement for a child was taken as of March 31 of the fiscal year or at the time involvement with the child ended. Age of the child was also calculated as of March 31 or at the time involvement ended during the fiscal year.

Data Source

All data was extracted directly from the Child and Youth Information Module (CYIM) or Child Intervention Case Information Online (CICIO).

The data was updated on February 3, 2017.

Data Products

Download the data in csv format.

Glossary of Terms

Type of Program:

Initial Assessment – When a call for support for a child and their family is received, an assessment occurs and the family is engaged to determine if supports are required, either from the community and family/friends or though child intervention.

Child Intervention – Intervention services are provided when there are concerns that a child is being neglected or abused by their parent or guardian.

Post-Intervention Supports provide two types of services and supports:

  • Supports for Permanency Program provides financial support to families who adopt or obtain private guardianship of children in permanent government care.
  • Support and Financial Assistance Agreements are available to young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who were involved with Child Intervention Services.

Type of Service:

Not In Care – Many children receive intervention services while they remain in the family home through either an agreement or a court order. The goal is family preservation.

Temporary Care – When a child cannot remain safely in the family home, they are placed in temporary care while receiving services to address the safety concerns that brought the family to the attention of child intervention.  The goal is family reunification.

Permanent Care – When it is not in the best interest for a child to be returned to their family home, as their needs for safety and well-being cannot be met, the child is removed permanently and is under the care and guardianship of the Ministry. The goal is permanency.

Support and Financial Assistance Agreement – Young adults, 18 to 21 years-of-age, who were previously involved with intervention may be eligible for ongoing supports including financial, health benefits, educational and employment skill training and life skills to support their successful transition to adulthood.

Supports for Permanency – Families providing permanent homes for children in the permanent care of the Ministry are entitled to financial supports to meet the unique needs of the children for whom they have gained private guardianship of or adopted.


No Placement – No placement identified.

Parental Care – Children are in their family home and in the care of their parents.

Kinship Care – Children in temporary care placed with extended family or family friends who are able and willing to provide a safe family-based placement for the child.

Foster Care – Children in temporary care placed in an approved and licensed family-based foster care placement.

Independent Living – Youth who live independently in the community with supports as required.

Permanency – Children in permanent care may be in any placement type while exploring or finalizing adoptive and private guardianship options or receiving supports to transition to adulthood.

Group Care – Children placed in a licensed and staffed facility within the community.

Treatment Care – Children placed in a licensed and staffed facility within the community with a specific program for stabilization and treatment to meet the needs of the child.

Other Placement – Children placed in secure services, medical or mental health placements, justice placements, or interim placements.


Indigenous – Children who are Status and Non-Status Indians, Inuit, Métis and those who identify as Indigenous .

Non-Indigenous – Children who do not identify as belonging to one of the Indigenous groups.

Created: 2014-05-08
Modified: 2017-02-27
PID: 17528