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Representative’s statement on International Overdose Awareness Day

As B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, I am often asked what keeps me awake at night. Like many other parents, family members, peers, service providers and leaders, I have many areas of concern, but the one that makes my …


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Representative to investigate circumstances leading to horrific abuse and death of a child

Representative for Children and Youth Jennifer Charlesworth announced today that her Office (RCY) will conduct a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the horrific abuse inflicted on two First Nations children in care in Lake Errock and ultimately …


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The Right to Thrive: An Urgent Call to Recognize, Respect and Nurture Two Spirit, Trans, Non-Binary and other Gender Diverse Children and Youth

Representative Jennifer Charlesworth is calling on the provincial government to play a proactive role in protecting Two Spirit and gender diverse young people – ensuring that they are free from discrimination and stigma, are safe and cared for, and have …


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Representative’s statement for National Indigenous People’s Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is an occasion to commemorate and celebrate the rich cultural traditions and contributions of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous peoples on whose lands we live, work, learn and play.

It is also a time …


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Missing: Why are children disappearing from B.C.’s child welfare system?

Stories of children and youth who are lost or missing from the child welfare system continue to emerge as an area of concern across Canada, in some cases resulting in tragic and preventable injuries and deaths. Missing presents findings by …


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Advocating for Change: Five Years in Review

Advocating for Change takes a closer look at how well recommendations made by the Representative are implemented by government. Over the past five years, the Representative has monitored 63 recommendations, in eight reports, to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of …


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Toward Inclusion: The need to improve access to mental health services for children and youth with neurodevelopmental conditions

A new research report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) in conjunction with the Children’s Health Policy Centre (CHPC) at Simon Fraser University provides robust evidence that mental health challenges are much higher for children with …


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Key Components of Effective Service Delivery for Children and Youth with Support Needs and their Families

A Research Review and Analysis – by Pat Mirenda, Ph.D. – submitted to the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth

What are the key components of effective, family-centred service delivery systems for children and youth with support needs …


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Representative’s statement on services for children and youth with support needs

Over the last 13 months, we have been carefully watching the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (MCFD’s) effort to re-design the way it provides services to children and youth with special (support) needs and their families. This proposed change …


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Final Submission on Statutory Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act

Representative for Children and Youth Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth has made a number of recommendations to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth as part of her final submission to the Committee’s statutory review of the Representative for Children and


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