Child advocate needed for P.E.I.

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At P.E.I. UPSE’s recent Annual Convention a resolution was passed supporting the need for a Child Advocate in Prince Edward Island. Delegates recognized the need in P.E.I. to protect and advance the rights and interests of children and youth – our most precious resource.

I would like to encourage government to reconsider the creation of a position of Child Advocate within the Department of Family and Human Services. The appointment of a Child Advocate to represent children and youth in custody battles was a key recommendation that arose from a coroner’s inquest in March 2015. PE.I. is the only province in Canada that does not have a Child Advocate.

 Government has committed to addressing the recommendations of the inquest through current staff allotments. However, we believe that a newly created and dedicated Child Advocate is needed to ensure that the rights and interests of children and youth are protected. I hope government will consider the resolution and request in the spirit it is intended which is to ensure the safety of Island children and youth.

Karen Jackson,

President, P.E.I. UPSE

Organizations: Annual Convention, Department of Family and Human

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Canada

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