News Topics: Child and Youth-Friendly Places


A Systematic Review on the Relationship between the Neighbourhood Built Environment and Time Spent in Outdoor Play

A recent study examined the relationship between attributes of the neighbourhood built environment and the time BC children and adolescents (0–18 years) spend in self-directed outdoor play. They found moderate evidence that lower traffic volumes, yard access, and increased neighbourhood greenness were positively associated with time spent in outdoor play for MORE

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Health Canada Warns of Potential Risk of Pulmonary Illness Associated with Vaping Products

Health Canada is advising Canadians who use vaping products to monitor themselves for symptoms of pulmonary illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and to seek medical attention promptly if they have concerns about their health. The Government of Canada also remains deeply concerned by the increase in vaping MORE


Examining the Difference Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Childhood Trauma

A resource from Child Trends explains that childhood adversity is widely recognized as posing risks to individual health and well-being. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are a subset of childhood adversities. While there are a variety of childhood adversity categories, the finite list of categories often overlooks social disadvantage and is therefore likely MORE

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BCEdAccess’ School Exclusion Tracker 2018-19 Report Released

Since September 4th 2018, BCEdAccess has been collecting parent-reported data on the exclusion of students with disabilities from schools in BC. As of June 2019, they had 492 reports with 3,610 instances where students were excluded from school. They recently launched the final data for the 2018-2019 school year. Of the respondents, 92.9% of the MORE


Study on Association between Moving Home/School Frequently and the Early Childhood Formal Educational Achievement

A recent UK study researched the association between moving home and moving school frequently and the early childhood formal educational achievement. The study found that children who moved home frequently were more likely not to achieve in formal assessments compared with children not moving. Therefore, the report recommends that children experiencing MORE

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MCFD Releases Summary Report of Children and Youth with Special Needs Service Framework Development 

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is developing a service framework to better support children and youth with special needs (CYSN) and their families. The framework will guide how the ministry provides and funds CYSN programs and services and will be ready for phased implementation in spring 2020. MORE


Working Together to Improve the Mental Health of Indigenous Children: A Systematic Review

Compelling global evidence indicates that making a positive difference to children’s mental health requires community-driven systems-level integration to address the determinants of mental health. A recent review analyses the available literature that underpins intersectoral service integration processes and tools designed to improve mental healthcare for Indigenous children. The review found that MORE