News Topics: Child and Youth Safety


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BC Government Responds to Court Action Filed on Behalf of Youth in Care

This morning the provincial government filed its response to a court action taken by the Public Guardian and Trustee regarding a former social worker accused of financial improprieties related to youth in government care. First Call is pleased to see that government “admits vicarious liability for the actions of the MORE


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New erase portal

The BC Government recently launched the erase portal (expect respect & a safe education). The portal provides parents and students with helpful tips and advice on how to address bullying. The site also includes a confidential online reporting tool for youth to report bullying. It is part of the erase MORE


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American Academy of Pediatrics Warns Against Physical Punishment

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement, supported by research evidence, warning parents against spanking their children, defined as “non-injurious, open handed hitting with the intention of modifying child behavior.” They cite a study in the U.S. that found children who were spanked more than MORE


Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: Legislation sets path for human rights commission to return to B.C. CBC News: Homeless, vulnerable only find best health care when at death’s door, UVic study finds CTV News: Greyhound exit leaves gap for homeless, domestic violence shelters CBC News:  Province responds to allegations against employee who allegedly siphoned funds from Indigenous MORE


Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to develop memorial register of residential school deaths BC Local News: Residential school ‘monster’ now lives in child-welfare system: senator Delta Optimist: B.C. announces new transition housing for women fleeing violence Benzinga: Public education is a strong equalizing force in Canadian society, UNICEF MORE


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$10aDay Campaign: Urge Government to Continue Moving Forward

The newest petition launched by the $10aDay Campaign expresses appreciation for the BC government’s bold steps to address the child care situation in BC. The government is lowering parent fees, raising educator wages and education, and creating more licensed spaces. $10aDay Campaign thanks everyone who has participated in the campaign MORE


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First Call’s Employment Standards Submission

Last Friday, First Call submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Labour and The Law Institute of B.C. calling for better government protection for children who are working. First Call’s recommendations provide a framework for the B.C. government to develop employment standards consistent with Canada’s commitment to establish 16 as the age for MORE


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Nanaimo State of the Child

The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership released their third State of the Child Report that supports investments in the first years of a child’s life and highlights how the community supports the positive development of young people. It provides an overview of the situations of family and economic wellbeing, health and wellness, MORE