The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has announced that it will be expanding the screening of families participating in the Child in the Home of a Relative (CIHR) program to include those families accepted prior to December 2007.
I am pleased and deeply encouraged that the Ministry is taking this step to help ensure the safety and well-being of all children and youth in the CIHR program.
The Champions for Change handbook is a guide to effective advocacy for youth and the adults that support them. It is intended to advance your rights and interests if you are requesting designated services or if you are dissatisfied with the designated services that you are receiving through the child-serving system.
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 responsive to the child's situation.
I am so pleased that May 23–29, 2011 has been declared “B.C. Child and Youth in Care Week.” It gives us all the opportunity to reflect on the lives, the hopes and the futures of the more than 8,300 children and youth in B.C. who are in the care of government.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child establishes the right of children and youth to be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury, abuse, neglect, or exploitation. As the Representative for Children and Youth, the convention is the basis of my work towards helping children and youth live in safer communities and families, free from harm and injury.
A submission from the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) to the Select Standing Committee on Justice and Human rights, for their consideration regarding Bill C-10 which contains proposed amendments to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.