CCCYA SUBMISSION ON ALTERNATIVE CARE FOR THE UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
In Canada, child protection services and alternative care are provincial/territorial responsibilities. Therefore, legislative frameworks and operational systems differ slightly across the jurisdictions represented by members of the Canadian Council for Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA). When assessing progress against international standards, such as the United Nations General Assembly’s Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, it could be said that a combination of legislation, policies and practices in Canada sets out a framework for child protection and alternative care that appears largely consistent with these principles. However, the application of this framework falls short for far too many children and youth and, in particular, for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and youth. In some instances, formal standards of care need to be more robust. In others, issues of resource allocation can lead to insufficient or inconsistent implementation of the standards that have been put in place. Through their advocacy functions, investigations, and systemic reporting, CCCYA members have conducted a vast body of work on child protection systems and alternative care. This submission provides a broad overview of this work in response to some of the guiding questions posed by the Committee in its “Guidelines on participation and submissions”, identifying good practices, persistent issues of concern and recommendations for improvement. While provincial and territorial governments have implemented some of the recommendations outlined here resulting in positive changes, there are many that still require action.
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To read the full CCCYA Youth Submission, click here.
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