Saskatoon conference told vulnerable children need more help

The Canadian Press
May 8, 2014 08:18 PM

SASKATOON - A conference in Saskatoon has provided human services professionals a chance to discuss topics that are affecting the well-being of children.

One of the topics addressed at the Best Interest of the Child Conference was the vulnerability of children and what can be done to fix it.

Saskatchewan's advocate for children and youth, Bob Pringle, says a couple of things have been identified that could help the problem.

That includes getting services to vulnerable families sooner and developing an early intervention strategy for poverty so children get a good start in life.

Pringle says the Ministry of Social Services uses a threshold system and as a result they only respond to 10,000 of the 30,000 calls they get every year and this means some families don't get help because they aren't at a level of dysfunction that triggers the support.

Pringle adds parenting supports and programs need be strengthened as well as mental health and addictions services and family violence.


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