The Legault government pledged on Tuesday to follow up on the recommendations of a devastating report denouncing the carelessness of the authorities, unable to prevent the death of a girl from Granby in the spring of 2019.
The investigation carried out by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) into the circumstances which led to the death of this girl reveals that the martyred child was the victim of failures at all stages of the clinical process. and legal put in place by the government and which should normally have protected it.
We will remember that the drama of this seven-year-old girl, whose identity has not been revealed, had moved all of Quebec at the end of April 2019, when it was learned that she had died of ill effects. repeated treatments, even though his case had been known for years by the Direction de la protection de la jeunesse (DPJ) of the Eastern Townships.
The commission then decided, on its own initiative, to investigate and its report was released on Tuesday, along with several recommendations.
The vice-chair of the commission, Suzanne Arpin, did not hide her indignation at the government’s negligence on this matter.
“How many more children will we have to cry, how many children are we going to allow to be abused, victims of our tendency to trivialize the unacceptable? When will our protection system, beyond words, take the side of children and their rights? Ms. Arpin asked.
During a morning press scrum, Prime Minister François Legault made a brief comment on the subject, pledging to act on the commission’s report. “We will follow the recommendations”, he commented, without more.
In a statement, the minister responsible for protecting youth, Lionel Carmant, said he would ensure “the implementation” of the organization’s recommendations, adding that he was taking the file “very seriously” .
The Granby tragedy prompted the government to set up the Special Commission on Youth Protection, chaired by Régine Laurent, and responsible for questioning the entire youth protection system. She is due to file her report by December.
How many more children will we have to cry, how many children will we allow to be abused, victims of our tendency to trivialize the unacceptable? When will our protection system, beyond words, take the side of children and their rights?
The CDPDJ affirms that the DPJ must take into account the point of view of the children entrusted to it, that it must meet with them regularly, and encourage them to express themselves freely and confidentially about their situation. It recommends that the assessment of the child’s bond of attachment to adults be systematically carried out and included in the Youth Protection Act (YPA), when the maximum placement periods are reached and a change in life project is being considered.
The committee also recommends that the Minister of Health and Social Services examine the working conditions of youth protection workers. She also asks him to tackle the recurring problem of recruiting and retaining workers, who are often overloaded.
The committee deplores the fact that those working with these vulnerable children lack training, support and supervision.
To the Minister of Higher Education, the committee calls for the creation of a training program specific to youth protection. She also suggests reviewing the training programs for daycare educators, to make them aware of youth protection issues. Childcare services should also be informed of the obligation to report problem cases to the authorities.