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New Report released examining the Needs of B.C. youth as they leave government care

The report, On Their Own: Examining Needs of B.C. Youth as They Leave Government Care highlights that without proper government support (support that is often provided by parents to their own children), youth leaving care are more likely to have trouble finding work, become homeless, become part of the criminal justice system or have mental health or substance abuse issues.

Read the full report here                                                   


Social Media Resources in Education

Find a collection of blogs, articles, and videos from to help teachers engage students through social media tools in the classroom as part of in 21st-century learning by clicking here. Along with items for professional development, creating social media guidelines, you will also find digital citizenship and online safety resources.


February 26th, 2014 is Pink Shirt Day!

This February, 26th, 2014, wear pink to draw attention to the importance of supportive relationships! Remind others about the story behind Pink Shirt Day to inspire others to become courageous in the face of injustice. Reflect on the actions that two brave Nova Scotia students took in protest against the harassment that was happening to a grade 9 boy because he was wearing a pink shirt to school. Since handing out pink t-shirts to all the boys in their school in 2007, Pink Shirt Day has been observed every year in February and now observed worldwide.

For more information on Pink Shirt Day, click here.

More information about why you should stand up to bullying is available on the following fact sheets:


Bullying: Relational Aggression Among University Students

Disabilities and Vulnerability to Bullying




DIVERSITY not adversity

All children and adults are diverse! Diversity does not simply refer to race, ethnicity, language, special needs, or sexual orientation. While it may include these qualities, it’s much broader. For example, we may be different from each other because of our age, how our families are arranged, our body shape, whether we’re rich or poor, the language(s) we speak, where we live, or our learning style. Everyone has rights and should be treated with respect regardless of their perceived difference. Respecting diversity entails being inclusive.

How can we become more inclusive in our daily lives? According to 11 year old Kellen Schleyer who has cerebral palsy and attends Ottawa’s St. Jerome Elementary School, “sometimes mom[s] and dad[s] try to hide [my disability] so it doesn’t make me feel bad, but I don’t mind if they ask the questions. I’m just a normal kid but in this [wheel]chair.” Child-Life specialist, Nora Ullyot says these are subjects that we should discuss with our children. Rather than saying, “They can’t do things, encourage children to see how children with physical challenges do things differently, or that their body works differently.”

For those hoping to build more inclusive schools and communities, it is important to begin by carefully listening to understand how people define their own situation, their aspirations and assets, and the challenges they face. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child refers to the importance of respecting diversity throughout its articles. For example, a child friendly language version of Article 2 states that:

All children [under 18 years of age] have these rights, no matter who they are,
where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is,
whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability,
whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.

More about the importance of respecting diversity and promoting inclusive communities can be found by reading the following fact sheets.

Barriers for New Immigrant Youth


Bullying: Relational Aggression Among University Students

Disabilities and Vulnerability to Bullying


Restorative Practices in Schools and Communities

Children with Parents in Prison: A Best Practice Guide

Working in collaboration with faculty associates from UFV’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and School of Social Work, the Centre for Safe Schools and Communities is developing a best practices model for responding to children who have a parent in the criminal justice system. A detailed, applied literature and scoping review has already been completed and confirming that children who have parents in prison are an at-risk population who face serious challenges. This report examines current tools and strategies used in BC and other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally to intervene and/or prevent the cycle of criminal justice contact for children of an incarcerated parent, to reduce their risk of involvement with Child Protection Services, and to aid resiliency. An expert working group review occurred on December 5th, 2013 to raise awareness of this issue among government, NGO’s, academics, and students. The completed study will be released by March 31st and culminate in a series of recommendations specifically for the Fraser Valley, while having wider applicability for BC and Canada. This work will form the basis for future initiatives to support a largely invisible demographic of children and youth in BC.

To learn more about current affairs concerning children with incarcerated parents click here.

For further information contact Annette Vogt at 604-504-7441 (4222) or 1-888-504-SAFE

Child Rights in Public Transit for National Child Day

CHILD RIGHTS    National Child Day was November 20th
To celebrate, the Society for Children and Youth and their  partners: the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Representative for Children and Youth, and UFV’s Centre for Safe Schools and Communities placed a child rights awareness message in Skytrains, Canada Line cars, and buses throughout the province starting on November 18th!

Raising awareness about the rights of children and youth in BC is important. An Ipsos Reid poll conducted in 2006 found that less than half of British Columbians knew that children have rights, yet over 80% they wanted to learn more.

If you ride public transit, keep your eyes peeled for the add below.


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Get Youth and Children on the Political Agenda!

Download a toolkit to support individuals and community groups to advance legislation, policy, and practice to benefit children and youth in the lead up to the May 2013 provincial election. Click here for Elections Toolkit.

See what the BC Society for Children and Youth is doing to promote elections decision-making for promoting the well-being of children and youth in BC by clicking here.

New Reports by BC Representative for Children and Youth Office

80705577The Representative for Children and Youth of BC has issued 4 new reports since February 2013, with the most recent one released in April. These include:

  • Still Waiting: First Hand Experiences with Youth Mental Health Experiences in BC
  • Much More Than Paper Work, Proper Planning Essential to Better Lives for BC’s Children In Care
  • Representative’s Report #17 – Critical Injuries and Deaths Review and Investigation
  • Who Protected Him? How BC’s Child Welfare System Failed One of Its Most Vulnerable Children

To read these reports, click here.


Free Me: Human Slavery and Trafficking Awareness Event

Many are unaware that Human Trafficking happens within our own borders. Canada has been identified as a transit and destination country for human smuggling. The extent of this issue within our own borders is difficult to assess due to the reluctance of the victims to come forward but the truth about trafficked women and children in Canada is that it happens. The event will include a screening of the ground breaking documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression to Opportunities for Women” this documentary exposes the suffering of women around the world. The event will also include educational workshops and a catered lunch. We invite you to join our panel of experts in the discussion of Human Trafficking followed by a Q&A period. If you are interested in participating please contact the email below.


Saturday, April 6th
9 AM – 3 PM
UFV Abbotsford Campus, B101
Contact for more information:


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