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President Stephanie Smith named to advisory council to improve B.C.’s child welfare system

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith has been appointed to a six-member advisory council to develop a plan to improve our provincial child welfare system. The advisory council will provide independent advice on the allocation of additional staff, increased training and greater transparency and accountability at the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD).

“I look forward to working with this new advisory council and the ministry to bring about overdue and meaningful improvements to our child welfare system, both within MCFD and within delegated Aboriginal agencies,” said president Smith. “The BCGEU reports Choose Children and Closing the Circle provided clear direction for crucial changes to assist our frontline members and the administrative staff who support their work, to improve the services for at-risk children, youth and their families. Consultation with stakeholder groups, especially First Nations and Aboriginal community leaders, is vitally important to the advisory council’s success.”

Click here to read the BCGEU report Choose Children.

Click here to read the report Closing the Circle.