CID Reviews and Investigations
Sep 8, 2016

Lack of timely access to mental health services contributed to the suicide death of a First Nations teen in 2013 and is continuing to place Aboriginal children and youth at risk, says a new report released by British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth.

Statements
Jul 8, 2016

Representative welcomes MCFD plan to conduct broader consultation on the development of a multi-year plan to improve child welfare.

Statements
Jul 7, 2016

Today’s announcement that the provincial government has provided one-time funding to the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division to support the Confident Parents: Thriving Kids program is a positive step.

Statements
Jul 5, 2016

I want to take this time to offer my thanks to the many local advocates, working on behalf of those without housing and those living in poverty, who have been of great service to the people inhabiting “Tent City” in Victoria during the past several months.

Statements
Jun 7, 2016

During the course of my nearly 10 years as Representative for Children and Youth in British Columbia and, in fact, throughout my career, I have had the privilege of getting to know hundreds of youth in care. These young people are diverse and talented individuals of all ages, backgrounds and cultures and, time and again, I’ve been inspired by their strength, adaptability and creativity under less than ideal conditions. 
 

Monitoring Reports
May 26, 2016

Youth with substance use problems in British Columbia are faced with a piecemeal service system that can leave them for long periods of time without adequate or available services as they try to access treatment, finds a new report released by Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

Statements
May 19, 2016

Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has reviewed today’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Information Bulletin regarding the establishment of an advisory committee to assist with the ministry’s multi-year planning.  The Information Bulletin does not properly reflect the nature of discussions between MFCD and the Representative’s Office with respect to this group.

 

CID Reviews and Investigations
May 5, 2016

In a departure from usual practice, the Representative for Children and Youth has decided not to publicly release the detailed results of her investigation into critical injuries experienced by one youth receiving services from the Ministry of Children and Family Development out of concern for that youth’s well-being.

Instead, in releasing Approach With Caution: Why the Story of One Vulnerable B.C. Youth Can’t be Told, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has provided the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the public with a basic description of the investigation undertaken and the circumstances behind this decision.  

Legislative Reports
Apr 28, 2016

This report is prepared in accordance with Section 20 of the Representative for Children and Youth Act which authorizes the Representative to make a special report to the Legislative Assembly. 

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