MONTREAL GAZETTE | Look past behaviour to treat original trauma, youth protection commission told

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Published: 6Nov2019

Children and teenagers who end up in Quebec’s youth protection services often arrive bearing a backpack of life experiences filled with violence, mistreatment and negligence. They have been wounded, betrayed and humiliated by the most important people in their lives — people who should have been giving them comfort and security, but who, for several reasons, could not fulfil that role.

Those life experiences are key to their development, said Delphine Collin-Vézina, head of McGill’s research centre on childhood and family, addressing a provincial commission into youth rights and protection Tuesday.

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