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The Representative for Children and Youth Releases New Report

rcybc report pic for cssc websiteView the report from the Representative for Children and Youth entitled “Who Cares? B.C. Children with Complex Medical, Psychological, and Developmental Needs and their Families Deserve Better”, which was submitted to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. This report finds that most children and youth with complex needs in residential care lacked the assessments, plans and access to treatment and services necessary to meet their needs.

To read the report, click here.

Children and Youth Committee Releases Interim Report on Youth Mental Health

People shaking handsThe Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, has released a report on the public consultations on youth mental health in British Columbia. The consultations were held as part of the first phase in the committee’s special project on youth mental health, and included meetings with expert witnesses and youth and families, as well as a call for written submissions. This report highlights the significant challenges that BC youth face and provides next steps and recommendations.

To read the report, click here.

Stay Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation: A Guide for Young People


All children and young people, regardless of their background or where they live, can be at risk of online sexual exploitation. Although there are various ways children and young people can be abused and exploited, this guide focuses on online commercial sexual exploitation. To better inform children and young people about online sexual exploitation, ECPAT has released the report Stay Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation: A Guide for Young People. This report concludes by highlighting tips to how to stay safe online and providing international resources for online safety.

To read the report, click here.

Not Fully Invested: A Follow-up Report on the Representative’s Past Recommendations to Help Vulnerable Children in B.C.

Not Fully Investigated

BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, serves in an oversight capacity for child welfare in B.C. to ensure that government is operating in a responsible manner to protect the well-being of children in its care. The Representative makes recommendations as a result of detailed investigations. The latest report entitled, Not Fully Invested: A Follow-up Report on the Representative’s Past Recommendations to Help Vulnerable Children in B.C. reviews recommendations made by the Representative within the last 6 years.

To read the report click here.

Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children

Hidden in Plain Sight

Violence against children occurs every day, everywhere: from the slaps of an upset parent to control an ‘unruly’ child to the emotional degradation of a child bride by her spouse. Too many children worldwide are affected by such violence, yet it is rarely acknowledged, in part because it is so commonplace. To shed light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, UNICEF has released the report Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children, which includes global figures and data from 190 countries. 

To read the report click here.

Call for Papers, 6th International Juvenile Justice Conference (Brussels, December 2014)

The conference entitled, Making the Deprivation of the Child’s Liberty: Towards Evidence-based Policies on Alternatives will challenge participants to look at prioritizing alternatives to the criminal justice system and to implement effective restorative juvenile justice responses. The Centre’s affiliated faculty member, Yvon Dandurand, is serving on the planning committee for the conference. For more information about the conference, click here or call Yvon directly at 604-504-7441 (4309).

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Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents

Understanding the potential trauma that can result when a parent is investigated and arrested has serious implications for a child’s immediate and future emotional, social, and physical health. To ensure these children do not inadvertently become collateral damage of the criminal justice system, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has released a new arrest protocol to safeguard children. The protocol details important strategies that law enforcement agencies can use as they seek to advance their level of service to communities.

Download the protocol here

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.