Social intervention in the image of Mino Obigiwasin
The youth protection process has a multitude of steps to be applied only in exceptional situations, when the protection of the child is compromised. The child's right to protection flows naturally from the set of fundamental rights set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. These rights, which are recognized for all persons, include the right to life, integrity, safety and assistance.
The protection of children is everyone's responsibility, a collective responsibility:
- that of the parents first, as the first responsible for their child;
- that of the community, which provides the necessary assistance to the child and his parents
- that of the State, which must ensure the implementation and availability of services for families and, exceptionally, intervene to compensate for the absence of parents or their inability to ensure the protection of their child.
When a situation is brought to the attention of the DYP, and at each stage of the intervention process, four main categories of factors guide the analysis of the child's situation and the decision-making process.
Any decision to determine whether a referral should be retained for assessment or whether a child's safety or development is compromised must take into account the following factors, among others
a) The nature, severity, chronicity, and frequency of the reported conduct;
b) The age and personal characteristics of the child
c) The ability and willingness of the parents to address the situation that compromises the child's safety or development
d) The resources in the community to assist the child and the child's parents.
New services and objectives
From the perspective of Mino Obigiwasin's takeover of youth services, we present some of the services Mino and his collaborators have put in place, youth protection and frontline services, and their objectives.
The first goal is to improve the intensity and effectiveness of the services offered to prevent the retention of reports. Thus, there will be more awareness and education related to the development of parenting skills among parents.
Secondly, we want to make more use of the Caregivers' Circles and the My Family My Community PDÉ (team decision making process) meetings.