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Children at Risk: The Case for a Better Response to Parental Addiction

The provincial government must take decisive steps to address the serious risk that parental addiction poses for many British Columbia children, Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said today upon the release of her latest investigative report.

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Lost in the Shadows: How a Lack of Help Meant a Loss of Hope for One First Nations Girl

The tragic suicide death of a 14-year-old girl living in a rural British Columbia First Nations community reveals a child protection system that is not reaching the children who need it most, a Representative’s investigation finds. 

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Out of Sight: How One Aboriginal Child’s Best Interests Were Lost Between Two Provinces

An investigative report into the life of a young Aboriginal girl who was subject to neglect and abuse after moving from the care of the B.C. government to the care of her maternal grandfather in Saskatchewan.

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Who Protected Him? How B.C.’s Child Welfare System Failed One of Its Most Vulnerable Children

The Representative’s investigation examines the entire life and the full spectrum of services that this young boy and his family received and whether they were appropriate and responsive to his needs.

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Trauma, Turmoil and Tragedy: Understanding the Needs of Children and Youth at Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm

The Representative’s aggregate review which examines the life circumstances of 15 youth who died as a result of suicide and 74 youth who engaged in self-injury behaviours.

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Honouring Kaitlynne, Max and Cordon: Make Their Voices Heard Now

The Representative’s child death investigation into the lives and deaths of three B.C. children killed by their father shows  domestic violence fixes called for two years ago are still needed.

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So Many Plans, So Little Stability: A Child’s Need for Security

This report looks into the chaotic life and unexpected death of a four-month-old First Nations infant. It identifies troubling inadequacies in planning, case management and decision-making, and makes recommendations to address gaps in how government and delegated Aboriginal agencies work …


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Isolated and Invisible: When Children with Special Needs are Seen but Not Seen

The Representative’s investigation examines the services and supports provided to a 15- year-old girl with Down syndrome, who was found in September 2010 alone with the body of her deceased mother. The report examines whether the services were appropriate and …


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Fragile Lives, Fragmented Systems: Strengthening Supports for Vulnerable Infants

This report is an aggregated, in-depth look at the lives and deaths of 21 B.C. infants collectively studied to identify and analyze trends. The report contains seven recommendations.

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Reporting of Critical Injuries and Deaths to the Representative for Children and Youth

This Special Report reviews the current MCFD policy regarding the reporting of critical injuries and deaths to the Representative. It makes a recommendation regarding needed improvements to the policy.

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