A new report from the McCreary Centre Society has revealed similar details surrounding youth in government care as a scathing report released by the province’s children’s rights watchdog in May.
The findings emphasize the importance of family, school, and community, especially for youth in government care.
Last month, a damning report from B.C.’s children’s rights watchdog revealed the story of Paige, who died of an overdose 2013 after aging out of foster care.
Executive Director Annie Smith says stories like Paige’s and their report show a need for everyone – to get back to basics.
“We kind of throw up our hands and say it’s the responsibility of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, but I think what we wanted to look at is we all have a role, social networks, social connections, and having friends and having people look out for us really can make a difference for young people.”
“We definitely see young people reporting less suicide attempts if they found their social worker helpful, there’s things that the ministry can do on an individual level as well as on a systemic level. And then in the wider community, there’s things we can do.”
Smith says taking a more individualistic approach to youth can make a difference.