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Friday, January 28, 2022

When it comes to adopting suggestions to assist youth, Manitoba has a low compliance

Key takeaways:

  • MACY The Manitoba government is not following the advocate’s suggestions to improve services.
  • According to the compliance report, MACY offered 51 formal recommendations between 2018 and 2020 to help improve services for children, youth, young adults, and families.

According to a new report from the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY), the Manitoba government’s compliance with the advocate’s recommendations for strengthening services is poor.

According to the compliance report, MACY offered 51 formal recommendations between 2018 and 2020 to help improve services for children, youth, young adults, and families. Manitoba Justice, Manitoba Education, and Manitoba Health and Seniors Care were among the government ministries that received these recommendations.

In the report, Ainsley Krone, the acting Manitoba children, and youth advocate acknowledges that the COVID-19 outbreak has influenced public services, but “overall compliance with recommendations remains poor, which negatively affects Manitoba children and adolescents, young people, and families.”

According to the report, eight percent of the 51 recommendations have been fully executed, accounting for four. It says that the province has taken some steps to implement 43 percent of the recommendations.

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“This shows that the government is counting on Manitoba children to wait until the pandemic is finished before making required service system modifications,” Krone says.

“However, when it comes to baby safety, education, disability care, mental health support, substance abuse treatment, and other issues, those needs cannot be put off any longer.” In our province, the needs of children and youth must be prioritized.”

According to the report, two of the minister of education’s suggestions have been fully implemented and will be closed. As per the report, the Department of Education has improved its resources for dealing with bullying and mental health in schools.

It observes that when it comes to following the MACY recommendations, Manitoba Education has a 75% compliance rate, while Manitoba Justice and Manitoba Families both have compliance rates of over 40%. According to MACY, Manitoba Health is the department with the lowest compliance rate at 25%.

ISSUE-BY-ISSUE COMPLIANCE

Each of the MACY report’s recommendations, according to the report, addresses a primary systemic issue, such as victim services, sexual exploitation, chronic absenteeism, and mental health and addictions.

According to the report, “many concerns overlap the mandates of several departments and stakeholders.”

“It’s critical to track collective progress on issues that affect Manitoba kids, teens, and families over time.”

Manitoba's compliance is low when implementing  recommendations to help youth
Manitoba’s compliance is low when implementing recommendations to help youth. Image from CTV News

According to the report, victim services, the use of pepper spray in adolescent detention facilities, information sharing, sexual exploitation, chronic absenteeism, suspensions, and expulsions are among the systemic concerns with the highest levels of compliance.

It also identifies the systemic concerns with the lowest levels of compliance, such as mental health and addictions, child welfare standards, segregation and solitary incarceration, and sleep-related baby mortality.

According to the report, many of the suggestions directed at Manitoba Health and Seniors Care were put on hold due to the pandemic because workers were redeployed to help with the pandemic response. This is why many of the Safe Sleep special report’s recommendations have a poor degree of adherence.

PROGRESS IMPROVEMENT

MACY recommends that the Manitoba government prioritize steps to prevent sleep-related newborn fatalities, strengthen coordination across government departments, and release and act on reviews into child-serving systems to improve compliance.

According to the advocate, its suggestions provide a roadmap based on facts, best practices, and the experiences of children, youth, and families. It states that monitoring the execution of these recommendations is critical for ensuring public service accountability and openness.

According to the research, “the COVID-19 epidemic has upended public services around the world toward emergency responses that preserve lives.”

“As a result, emphasis has shifted away from other critical and chronic issues, such as newborn mortality and child and adolescent mental health, and toward urgent needs.”

MACY urges the Manitoba government to put preventable infant mortality and child and youth mental health at the top of its priority list.

Source: Global News

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