In this report, Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Ombudsperson Kim Carter identify seven ways for the Ministry of Children and Family Development to make its complaint process more accessible and responsive to the vulnerable young people it serves.
In the weeks and days leading up to the murders of Christian Lee and his mother, a coordinated system linking criminal law, child welfare and family justice information could have made a difference in the tragic outcome, says B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth.
A struggling young family needed short-term housing assistance so their baby could be safe, but instead the child was taken into government care. An investigation into a First Nations baby’s critical injury finds that many of the systemic factors that played a major role in the infant’s removal from his parents still exist today.
A major B.C. study released today shows that although children and youth in care are at higher risk of becoming involved with the youth justice system, early interventions targeted at risk factors can change the paths of these vulnerable adolescents. The study is a joint project of the Representative for Children and Youth, and the Provincial Health Officer.
The need for intensified government commitment to completing all of the Hughes recommendations is even more essential in challenging economic times, B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth said today. Two other progress reports have been completed (Nov. 2007 and Nov. 2010).
In November 2005, the Honourable Ted Hughes was appointed to conduct an independent review of British Columbia’s child protection system. More than 70 individuals with special expertise and over 300 child welfare groups contribute to the review. Five months later, he submitted the B.C. Children and Youth Review to the provincial government. The review contained 62 recommendations for changes to the child welfare system, including the creation of an independent advocacy and oversight body – the Representative for Children and Youth.