FOR RELEASE – Nov. 23, 2021
Child and Youth Advocate to review issues with restraints and confinement at Jack Hulland Elementary School
The Child and Youth Advocate, Annette King, has formally notified the Departments of Education, Health and Social Services, and Justice of a new systemic review over recent reports of child restraints and confinement spaces at Jack Hulland Elementary School.
“The objective of the review is to ensure a coordinated response by Yukon Government to support children and their families in recovering from the harm caused by these alleged practices,” states King. “We intend to ensure that any response from the Departments involved upholds the rights of children.”
The Advocate has requested information regarding communication, status of investigation, therapeutic supports, and coordination of services.
“The systemic issue of physical restraint and confinement at Jack Hulland raises a substantial question of public concern for students, particularly students with special needs,” says King. “We are alarmed by how many rights are violated by these alleged practices, and will structure our review according to how the government responds.”
The Child & Youth Advocate Office is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly committed to upholding children’s rights and amplifying the views of young people. The operations of the office are guided by the Child and Youth Advocate Act. Children, youth or others concerned about a child or youth receiving services within Yukon Government can contact the Child and Youth Advocate Office at (867) 456-5575.
Systemic Advocacy Analyst
Yukon Child and Youth Advocate Office
(867) 456-5575; email@example.com