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Missing Pieces: Joshua’s Story

British Columbia’s newly formed Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions should take the lead role in developing and implementing a comprehensive mental health system for children and youth in this province, recommends an investigative report released today by B.C.’s Representative …


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Broken Promises: Alex’s Story

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 …


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Last Resort: One family’s tragic struggle to find help for their son

The provincial government should develop and fund a comprehensive system of substance use services capable of consistently meeting the diverse needs of youth and their families across British Columbia, says a report released today by the Office of the Representative …


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Representative’s Report #27 – Reviews and Investigations: Feb. 1, 2016 to May 31, 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


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A Tragedy in Waiting: How B.C.’s mental health system failed one First Nations youth

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 …


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Approach with Caution: Why the Story of One Vulnerable B.C. Youth Can’t be Told

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 …


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The Placement of Children and Youth in Care in Hotels in British Columbia

This joint report is a collaborative initiative undertaken by the Representative for Children and Youth and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The report was initiated after the tragic death of a British Columbia youth in care in September …


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Cyberbullying: Empowering children and youth to be safe online and responsible digital citizens

Cyberbullying involves the use of digital technologies and services including social media, texts, and instant messaging to repeatedly harass and intimidate others. This report, a joint effort by B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Representative for Children and Youth, provides important context


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Paige’s Story: Abuse, Indifference and a Young Life Discarded

This report documents the downward spiral of a child who had great potential but never received the protection, nurturing and care she needed and deserved. Professional indifference to her life circumstances continually left her – and at times even actively …


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Who Cares? B.C. children with complex medical, psychological and developmental needs and their families deserve better

The British Columbia government should begin providing appropriate care for children and youth who have multiple vulnerabilities – including developmental, psychological and medical needs – Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said today as she released her latest report.

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