Quebec government to form committee to review report on youth security reforms

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Quebec Health Minister Lionel Carment speaks during a press conference on May 4, 2021 in Quebec City.

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The Quebec government is forming a committee of senior ministers that will help determine how to implement the recommendations from a report released on Monday on the youth protection system.

Junior Health Minister Lionel Carment will oversee the group reviewing the issues raised in the Laurent Commission report, which called on the government to create a charter for children’s rights.

The commission, headed by Regine Laurent, issued 65 recommendations after a two-year investigation that was prompted by the death of a seven-year-old girl in Granby, Ky., In April 2019.

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Carment states that various government departments will join it and after closely scrutinizing the report will establish short, medium and long term priorities.

He told reporters today that his priorities are to reform the 40-year-old Youth Protection Act and implement a proactive approach that will encourage social workers to work with children in the system before working with families.

Carmant says he wants to table a bill in the fall related to the report’s recommendations.

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