Quebec’s youth safety system wants overhaul to assist susceptible kids, report finds

Quebec’s youth protection system needs overhaul to help vulnerable children, report finds

2021-05-04 00:16:08

A particular inquiry tasked with Quebec’s youth safety companies is recommending an overhaul of the beleaguered provincial system and calling for rapid motion to higher serve kids and their households.

The highly-anticipated report on the safety of susceptible of youngsters was launched Monday after delays as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Laurent Fee’s suggestions vary from bolstering prevention companies and strengthening collaboration of various gamers — akin to social employees and law enforcement officials — concerned in youth safety companies.

The suggestions embody making a commissioner answerable for kids’s welfare and rights, in addition to the adoption of a constitution for kids’s rights within the province.

“In Quebec, regardless of their age, each youngster ought to be thought of an individual,” mentioned Régine Laurent, the nurse and former labour chief accountable for the fee.

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The commissioners additionally advocate the creation a place of an assistant commissioner for Indigenous kids.

Providers ought to be tailored and made accessible to the completely different communities that reside in Quebec, the report states.

The report additionally suggests higher funding for a number of neighborhood organizations and reviewing the workload of workers on the entrance traces of youth safety.

“Their security ought to be assured and their workload shouldn’t be so heavy to allow them to adequately work with kids and their households,” Laurent mentioned.

The assessment, which was launched in October 2019, was prompted by the dying of a seven-year-old woman in Granby who had been adopted by youth safety companies. She was present in important situation in her household house in April 2019 and died the subsequent day.

Laurent mentioned the younger woman’s dying was a “collective failure.”

“We should transfer from a Quebec that’s loopy about kids is to 1 that’s worthy of its kids,” she mentioned.

The fee mentioned it heard from greater than 300 witnesses throughout its probe. It additionally held 42 “regional boards” throughout Quebec, the place it heard from greater than 2,000 residents and different stakeholders.

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With information from International Information’ Gloria Henriquez and The Canadian Press

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