News Topics: Child and Youth Safety


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New RCY report on Alex Gervais – A heartbreaking read – And FCSSBC response

Feb. 6, 2017, Bernard Richard, the acting representative for children and youth, released Broken Promises: Alex’s Story. The report tells the tragic story of an 18-year-old Métis youth in care who took his own life in desperation. Broken Promises: Alex’s Story illustrates how the BC child welfare system failed to MORE


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Webinar series: How Fracking & Natural Gas Impact Maternal Health

Many of the chemicals associated with gas extraction and development have been connected with acute and chronic health problems in children and women, including respiratory, neurological, reproductive and developmental impacts. For parents and health professionals, this six-part webinar series focuses on our current understanding of possible impacts and how we MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Bernard Richard biography – BC’s new representative for children and youth

In their November 15 report to the BC legislature, a special bipartisan committee recommended that Bernard Richard be appointed BC’s new representative for children and youth. First Call welcomes this timely appointment and look forward to working with BC’s new representative for children and youth. Bernard Richard is a lawyer MORE


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New RCY report: 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 BC, says a report released October 20, 2016 by the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth. That is the main recommendation MORE


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RCY report: Too Many Victims: Sexualized Violence of Children and Youth in Care

An alarming number of girls in the care of the provincial government – including a highly disproportionate number of Aboriginal girls – have been the victims of sexualized violence while in care, says a report released early October 2016 by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC’s representative for children and youth. Find MORE