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Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

 

 

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Welcome

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is one of 10 permanent committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The Committee works to foster greater awareness and understanding among legislators and the public of the B.C. child and youth-serving system. The Committee also provides a public forum for discussion of reports by the Representative for Children and Youth and is required to undertake a review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act at least once every five years.

The Committee is currently undertaking its review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act. To inform its review, the Committee received briefings on April 22, accepted written submissions in summer 2022, and heard presentations on November 4. The Committee also invited British Columbians to fill out a survey in fall 2022.  

The Committee will consider all input received and is expected to release its report in 2023. 

Terms of Reference

On February 17, 2022, the Legislative Assembly agreed that the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth be empowered to foster greater awareness and understanding among legislators and the public of the BC child welfare system, including the specific needs of Indigenous children, youth, families and communities, and in particular to:

  1. Receive and review the annual service plan from the Representative for Children and Youth (the "Representative") that includes a statement of goals and identifies specific objectives and performance measures that will be required to exercise the powers and perform the functions and duties of the Representative during the fiscal year;
  2. Be the Committee to which the Representative reports, at least annually;
  3. Refer to the Representative for investigation the critical injury or death of a child;
  4. Receive and consider all reports and plans transmitted by the Representative to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly; and
  5. Undertake, pursuant to section 30(1) of the Representative for Children and Youth Act, (S.B.C. 2006, c. 29), a comprehensive review of the Act or portions of the Act before April 1, 2022 to determine whether the functions of the Representative described in section 6 are still required to ensure that the needs of children and young adults as defined in that section are met.

That, in addition to the powers previously conferred upon Select Standing Committees of the House, the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth be empowered to:

  1. appoint of its number one or more subcommittees and to refer to such subcommittees any of the matters referred to the Committee and to delegate to the subcommittees all or any of its powers except the power to report directly to the House;
  2. sit during a period in which the House is adjourned, during the recess after prorogation until the next following Session and during any sitting of the House;
  3. conduct consultations by any means the Committee considers appropriate;
  4. adjourn from place to place as may be convenient; and
  5. retain personnel as required to assist the Committee.

That the Committee report to the House as soon as possible; and that during a period of adjournment, the Committee deposit its reports with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, and upon resumption of the sittings of the House, or in the next following Session, as the case may be, the Chair present all reports to the House.

Contact Information

Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
c/o Parliamentary Committees Office
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Canada

Phone: 250-356-2933 (collect) or 1-877-428-8337 (toll-free)
Fax: 250-356-8172
Email: ChildrenandYouthCommittee@leg.bc.ca

Members

Committee Reports

 

 

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Committee Documents

Media Releases

 

 

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Statutory Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act SubmissionsStatutory Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act Submissions<p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth invited British Columbians to provide written input for its review of the <a href="http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_06029_01"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Representative for Children and Youth Act</em></span></a>. Please find the submissions received below.</span></p><table class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:100%;"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Adoptive-Families-Association-of-BC.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Adoptive Families Association of BC</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/BC-Association-of-Aboriginal-Friendship-Centres.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centers</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/BC-Complex-Kids-Society.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">BC Complex Kids Society</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/BCEdAccess-Society.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">BCEdAccess Society</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Community-Living-BC.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Living BC</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Inclusion-BC.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Inclusion BC</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Indigenous-Child-and-Family-Services-Directors.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Indigenous Child and Family Services Directors</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Interior-Health.pdf" target="_blank">Interior Health</a></span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default" style="text-decoration:underline;"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Island-Health.pdf" target="_blank">​Island Health</a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Native-Courtworker-and-Counseling-Association-of-BC.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Native Courtworker and Counseling Association of BC</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Office-of-the-Human-Rights-Commissioner.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Office of the Human Rights Commissioner</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Office-of-the-Representative-for-Children-and-Youth.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Public-Guardian-and-Trustee-of-BC.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Society-for-Children-and-Youth-of-BC.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Society for Children and Youth of BC</span></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/Submissions/Union-of-BC-Indian-Chiefs.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Union of BC Indian Chiefs</span></a></td></tr></tbody></table>

Meeting Documents

 

 

Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20221205-childrenandyouth-1200Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth<p>​<a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-12-05/RCY-Report_Parents-Responsibility.pdf" target="_blank">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth report, <em>A Parent's Responsibility: Government's obligation to improve the mental health outcomes of children in care</em> (September 2022)</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-12-05/RCY-Report_Beyond-Compliance.pdf" target="_blank">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth report, <em>Beyond Compliance: Ensuring quality in care planning</em> (April 2022)</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-12-05/RCY-Presentation_Parents-Responsibility_Beyond-Compliance.pdf" target="_blank">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, Presentation to the Select Standing Committee On Children and Youth on <em>A Parent's Responsibility: Government's obligation to improve the mental health outcomes of children in care </em>and <em>Beyond Compliance: Ensuring quality in care planning</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-12-05/SFU-Presentation_Children-in-Care.pdf" target="_blank">Simon Fraser University, Children's Health Policy Centre presentation, <em>Children in Care: Reducing Needs While Improving Mental Health Outcomes</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-12-05/ICFS-Overview_Culture-is-Healing.pdf" target="_blank">Indigenous Child and Family Services Directors, <em>Culture is Healing: An Indigenous Child and Youth Mental Wellness Framework, A Brief Overview</em></a></p>12/5/2022 8:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20221104-childrenandyouth-0830Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-11-04/SSC-CY_2022-11-04_Agenda.pdf" target="_blank">Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, Agenda, November 4, 2022</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-11-04/RCY_Executive-Summary-and-Recommendations.pdf" target="_blank">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth submission, <em>Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act: Representative’s Executive Summary and Consolidated List of Recommendations</em></a></p>11/4/2022 3:30:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20221102-childrenandyouth-1500Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-11-02/RCY_AR-2021-23-and-SP-2022-23-to-2024-25.pdf" target="_blank">​Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, <em>Annual Report 2021/22 and Service Plan 2022/23 to 2024/25</em></a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-11-02/RCY_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, Presentation to the Select Standing Committee On Children and Youth</a></p>11/2/2022 10:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220428-childrenandyouth-0800Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth<p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-04-28/ORCY-Report_At-a-Crossroads.pdf" target="_blank">​Office of the Representative for Children and Youth report, <em>At a Crossroads: The roadmap from fiscal discrimination to equity in Indigenous child welfare</em> (March 2022)</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-04-28/ORCY-Report_Beyond-Compliance.pdf" target="_blank">Office of Representative for Children and Youth report, <em>Beyond Compliance: Ensuring quality care planning</em> (April 2022)</a></p><p><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-04-28/RCY_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Office of Representatice for Children and Youth presentation: <em>At a Crossroads: The roadmap from fiscal discrimination to equity in Indigenous child welfare; Beyond Compliance: Ensuring quality in care planning</em></a></p>4/28/2022 3:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220422-childrenandyouth-1000Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth<p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-04-22/RCY-Submission.pdf" target="_blank">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth,<em> Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act: Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-04-22/MCFD-Presentation_Statutory-Review.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry of Children and Family Development presentation<em>, Update: MCFD Priority Initiatives, Briefing for the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth</em></a></p><p> <a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-04-22/AG-Presentation_Statutory-Review.pdf">The Ministry of Attorney General presentation, <em>Representative for Children and Youth Act Statutory Review, Briefing to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth </em></a> </p>4/22/2022 5:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth
Meeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees-calendar/20220330-childrenandyouth-0800Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth<p><em></em>​<a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-03-30/RCY-Report_Excluded.pdf" target="_blank">Office of the Representative for Children and Youth report, <em>Excluded: Increasing Understanding, Support and Inclusion for Children with FASD and their Families</em> (April 2021)</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/cay/2022-03-30/Joint-Ministry-Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">Joint Ministry presentation (Ministries of Children and Family Development; Mental Health and Addictions; Health; Citizen's Services; Education), <em>Excluded: Increasing Understanding, Support and Inclusion for Children with FASD and their Families </em></a></p>3/30/2022 3:00:00 PMMeeting: Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

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