Ministry for Children and Families
Office of the Minister
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
November 28, 2000
As you know, we are working to implement the Secure Care Act in the fall of 2001. However, before it can be implemented, the regulations, policies and procedures must be developed that will make it work to protect children and youth in British Columbia.
In order to do this, the ministry needs your help. Government has made a commitment to consult broadly in implementation of the legislation, and I have asked the ministry to begin extensive discussions with stakeholders.
We are seeking advice and suggestions specifically about the questions listed below, however your general comments area also welcome.
Secure care is intended to intervene and help communities support young people engaged in high-risk activities, those who are in grave danger and yet actively resist their communities' efforts to help. Parents everywhere have spoken of their anguish and the despair they feel as they watch their children drift into a world of drug abuse, prostitution and violence. Secure care is just one more part of the continuum of care for at-risk youth, a continuum which includes prevention, early intervention and crisis support.
The Secure Care Act can be found on the Ministry's web site at www.mcf.gov.bc.ca. If you are interested in making a submission, please fax to (250) 387-2059, or send by mail to the Secure Care Team, Ministry for Children and Families, PO Box 9718, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC, V8W 9S1.
If your group or organization would like to meet with the Secure Care Project Team, please call (250) 387-0258 or call Enquiry BC at 1-800-663-7867.
I look forward to hearing your views and suggestions on this important issue.
Created: June 10, 2001
Last modified: June 16, 2001
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