For the seventh consecutive year, British Columbia is marking Child and Youth in Care Week, a designation that honours the diversity and strengths of young people living in the care of the provincial government and acknowledges the challenges and obstacles that these children and youth face - and work to overcome - on a daily basis.
The Representative for Children and Youth is searching for a unique logo for this year’s Ignite Your Spirit Indigenous Youth Forum. The successful logo will be used on all items related to Ignite Your Spirit including promotional materials, reports and give-away items.
The purpose of the Representative for Children and Youth’s (RCY) reviews and investigations of child deaths and critical injuries is to identify and thoughtfully analyze issues, particularly in service delivery. The intent is to help prevent similar deaths or injuries in the future and to inform improvements to services.
On March 9, MLA Gordon Hogg introduced the Safe Care Act to the British Columbia Legislature, a Private Member’s Bill that would permit the involuntary confinement of children and youth with severe substance misuse issues, or those being sexually exploited.
Representative Bernard Richard and Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux today completed the signing of a comprehensive protocol agreement which has the purpose of ensuring a clear, mutual understanding of their organizations’ respective roles and mandates regarding communication and information sharing.
Underfunding of Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs) may mean Indigenous children are being removed from their homes and placed in care simply because the funds are not there to provide support services to their families, finds a report released today by B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth.
Bernard Richard has been confirmed by the British Columbia Legislature as the province’s second Representative for Children and Youth.
Richard’s appointment was confirmed today in a unanimous vote of MLAs for a five-year term as Representative, pursuant to section 2 of the Representative for Children and Youth Act. Prior
to confirmation, he served as Acting Representative since Nov. 27, 2016.
The purpose of the Representative for Children and Youth’s reviews and investigations of child deaths and critical injuries is to identify and thoughtfully analyze issues, particularly in service delivery. The intent is to help prevent similar deaths or injuries in the future and to inform improvements to services.
Lacking any permanent connection to his family and culture and without the mental health supports that might have made a difference, an 18-year-old Métis youth in care took his own life in an act of desperation, says an investigative report issued today by British Columbia’s Acting Representative for Children and Youth.