• Analysis of the Trajectories of First Nations youth subject to the Youth Protection Act
Oct 11, 2017

Last April, the FNQLHSSC published the results of components 1, 2 and 3 of its research project entitled Trajectories of First Nations youth subject to the Youth Protection Act. These research reports are available for consultation through the following link: http://www.cssspnql.com/en/areas-of-intervention/social-services/child-family-assistance/youth-protection.

One of the recommendations in the research report (Component 3) concerns the need to continue documenting the overrepresentation of First Nations youth in the youth protection system. To implement this recommendation, the FNQLHSSC has obtained a research grant from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux to carry out a fourth component. The research will take place over a four-year period from 2017 to 2021.

The objective of Component 4 of this research project is to continue analyzing the differences between the trajectories of First Nations children and non-Aboriginal children within the Quebec youth protection system. In addition, one of our underlying objectives is to investigate the overrepresentation of First Nations children in the youth protection system as the result of an assessment of neglect or a serious risk of neglect.

In September, we met with the First Nations Child and Family Services Regional Round Table to properly identify the information needs of the communities on this issue and to guide the continuing research and our upcoming work. This was an opportunity to discuss and validate the choice to prioritize certain research questions. The work is set to begin in 2018.