The Directeur de la protection de la jeunesse (DPJ) oversees the application of the Youth Protection Act.
- receives all reports concerning children who may be in need of protection;
- evaluates each of these children’s situations and makes decisions to ensure their protection;
- ensures that the interests of these children are safeguarded in accordance with their rights.
The DPJ intervenes to protect children when their safety or development is compromised; in these situations, the child is considered to be in danger. The DPJ intervenes primarily in situations where a child is:
- being neglected;
- being psychologically abused;
- being sexually abused;
- being physically abused;
- exhibiting serious behavioural problems;
- at serious risk of being neglected, or sexually or physically abused.