‘We have failed as a society’: Quebec commission on youth protection begins

A commission looking into youth protection services in Quebec has begun nearly six months after a girl in the care of the system died in troubling circumstances.

“We have failed as a society,” said Régine Laurent, a nurse and former labour leader who is heading the commission. “To be here today is a failure.”

As part of its probe into the rights of children and youth protection in Quebec, there will be public hearings over the course of nearly 15 weeks. Adolescents, parents and employees of youth protection services have been invited to appear.

The review was prompted by the tragic death of a seven-year-old girl in Granby. She was found in critical condition in her family home on April 29 and died the next day.


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