Report from the Representative for Children and Youth
Registrants should be aware of the report released in early February from the Representative for Children and Youth titled “Lost in the shadows: How a lack of help meant a loss of hope for one First Nations girl”.
We encourage registrants to read the report [here] and to remind themselves of reporting requirements of governing legislation, including recent changes (in effect as of June 1, 2014) to the Child, Family and Community Services Act [here]. This report provides a very detailed summary of the suicide of a young aboriginal girl and an assessment, by the Representative, of the multiple failings of the system to intervene effectively in her care.
Among the recommendations is a specific one to the Colleges for Physicians and Nurses to:“inform their members of the findings of this investigation with respect to reporting a child in need of protection, and remind their members of their statutory responsibility to report pursuant to s. 14 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act” and that “the Attorney General of B.C. review the reasons for a lack of enforcement of the CFCS Act in the province and take steps to promote compliance, if necessary”. This recommendation is no less applicable to psychologists.
Please call the CPBC Practice Support Service if you have additional questions.