News Topics: Child and Youth Safety


Media Release: Most British Columbians Unaware That Children Allowed to Work at 12 Years of Age

Media Release For immediate release July 6, 2018 Opinion Survey Finds Most British Columbians Unaware That Children Allowed to Work at 12 Years of Age Vancouver – A June public opinion survey commissioned by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition found that only 6% of British Columbians could MORE

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Migrant Families Separated in the U.S. – What About Canada?

Over the past week, we have watched news stories about children forcibly separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border.  A few months into the U.S. President’s new ‘zero tolerance policy’ there is photo, video, and audio evidence showing children in distress, confined in cages, and housed in detention MORE

Child and youth news of the week

StarMetro Vancouver: B.C. begins paying back millions taken from welfare recipients on methadone StarMetro Vancouver: Canada detains migrant kids, too, and it needs to stop, experts say The Globe and Mail: Trump’s zero-tolerance policy inflicts anguish on kids – with toxic health impacts Maclean’s: Trudeau won’t condemn Trump’s migrant policy. MORE

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BC Coroners Death Review Panel: Review of MCFD-Involved Youth Transitioning to Independence

The BC Coroners Service convened a death review panel in December 2017 to review the circumstances of young people who died while transitioning to independence from government child services between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2016. The report found high rates of suicide, mental health issues, drug overdose deaths and a MORE

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ICBC response to Coroner’s recommendation to review BC’s graduated driver’s licensing program

The Child Death Review Panel on Young Driver Deaths (Feb 2015) found that 106 young drivers died in crashes from 2004-2013. Since the introduction of British Columbia’s Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) in 1998, there has been a reduction in the number of young driver deaths. However, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading MORE

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Inclusion BC report: Stop Hurting Kids II

 Inclusion BC released their report, Stop Hurting Kids II: Restraint & Seclusion in BC Schools, containing the results of their provincial survey of parents and guardians of students with special needs. The report reveals that restraint and seclusion are still being routinely used instead of positive behaviour support programs in MORE

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Amendments to BC Child Protection legislation and commentary

On April 24th Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy introduced the Child, Family and Community Service Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 26). According to the government news release, the proposed changes are intended to facilitate greater involvement in child-welfare decisions by Indigenous communities to help keep their children out MORE