Parent Support Services Society: Corporal punishment is child abuse – online resources available

Kudos to First Call partner Parent Support Services Society for taking a strong stance on corporal punishment. Responding to an article published on the front page of the Vancouver Sun, PSS executive director Carol Ross reminds readers that corporal punishment is child abuse. Read her letter

There is a lot of energy around ending physical punishment of children in Canada. Parent educator Kathy Lynn recently spoke to the Early Childhood Development Roundtable about this issue. She cited a new online resource, Corinne’s Quest,, created in memory of Corinne Robertshaw, who worked to end physical punishment of Canada’s children.

The Public Health Agency of Canada shared with First Call the webpage What’s Wrong with Spanking? This resource describes the difference between spanking and discipline, explains why spanking doesn’t work and gives tips on what does work. You can print this page or write for copies of the free brochure.

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Calculating the living wage for local communities: living wage campaign’s first webinar a huge success

On September 9, 2014, more than 60 people from across BC and Canada tuned in to the Living Wage for Families Campaign’s first webinar to learn how to calculate the annual living wage in their community.

With Catherine Ludgate of the Living Wage for Families Campaign moderating the webinar, Adrienne Montani of First Call gave a history of the campaign and suggested ways to find a local host to make the annual calculations. Iglika Ivanova of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC Office) then walked through the data required to develop a local table of family expenses and showed how to use the living wage calculation spreadsheet to determine the local living wage.

You can also learn more about how to calculate the living wage for your BC community through the CCPA’s Working for a Living Wage 2014 report page, where you’ll find their living wage calculation guide

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Federal government cuts funding for First Nations kids

According to an article in the Huffington Post by Chief Shining Turtle of the Whitefish River First Nation, “The federal government’s department of Aboriginal Affairs (AANDC) has informed 133 Ontario First Nations that it is cutting the National Child Benefit Reinvestment fund by over 50 per cent.”

They were informed of the cuts to the fund in April 2014, and in the letter, the federal government noted the “growing cost of elementary-secondary education, Ontario Works, and other supports” as the justifiication.

Chief Shining Turtle goes on to explain that “Last year, an independent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children Canada based on Statistics Canada figures found that status First Nations children in Ontario – those who would be affected by these cuts – have a staggering poverty rate of 40 per cent, compared to 15 per cent for non-Indigenous children.”

Read what programs are affected in the full article

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Doctors want mental health help for youth – new online hub for mental health services is a cool resource site for doctors, parents, teachers and youth to learn more about mental health support services available in BC and Canada. Read about it in this article in Vancouver 24 Hours.

In related news, Island Health recently launched a mobile app called BoosterBuddy to help youth improve their mental health. Read about it in the Times Colonist: Mental health wins in mobile app developed by Island Health

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New study on integrated play groups validates therapeutic benefits for children with autism

Dr. Pamela Wolfberg and co-investigators Mila DeWitt, Gregory Young and Thanh Nguyen have published the results of a large-scale study, “Integrated Play Groups: Promoting Symbolic Play and Social Engagement with Typical Peers in Children with ASD Across Settings,” in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Read more

Source: BCACCS E-News

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Early childhood assessment checklist for parents, child cares, preschools, health centres

The Nipissing District Developmental Screen (ndds) is an easy-to-use developmental checklist available to parents and health-care and child-care professionals working with infants and children up to six years of age. Use of this checklist proactively identifies problem areas in a child’s development. Early identification is the first step in early intervention.

The cost of the checklist is $1.99 + tax (or free for Ontario residents) for parents to register to receive the electronic version at the child’s appropriate age. There are 13 checklists and an email is sent once a child reaches a certain age (1-2 months, 4, 6, 9, 12 ,15, 18 and 30 months and 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 years). Sign up for a trial version

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Celebrating 25 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – #CRC25

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the UNCRC, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child dedicated September 24, 2014, to speak with children under 18 from countries around the world. Sessions took place using Google+ Hangout and were broadcast live.

Check out the conversation on Twitter, Google + and Facebook using #CRC25

Visit this website to see the videos of youth sharing their views.

Source: SCY Child Rights News

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