The situation at the Nunavik DYP is intolerable, according to a union

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The situation at the DPJ in Nunavik is intolerable, according to a union

The situation has been going on for more than two months, according to the union.

The lack of foster families in several villages in western Nunavik is reaching a critical level and jeopardizing the well-being of children, according to the Hudson's Bay Dispensary Workers Union.

The lack of places for children in need is such that some young people have changed foster families 10 times in two weeks.

When we know that instability can have negative effects on the development of young children, it is really worrying to see this. Especially since many are already living with attachment-related problems, said Roxanne Palardy, representative of health and social services technicians and professionals at the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN) in a press release. /p>

Two children were even victims of physical abuse after being placed back in the family from which they had been removed, according to the union.

Will another child under the responsibility of the [Direction de la protection de la jeunesse (DPJ)] die for action to be taken?, adds Roxanne Palardy.

The union says that, due to a lack of places, social workers from the DPJ must take care of certain children themselves, at their workplace, sometimes for several days of work. #x27;in a row.

The situation is especially critical in western Nunavik, on the Hudson Bay side.

It has recently happened that up to 7 children under the age of 5, the majority of whom are infants, are thus cared for by front-line workers.

Two social workers take turns guarding. They must take care of health care, administer medication, treat bed sores, manage allergies or intolerances. […] They can no longer continue like this, denounces Gailene Thomas, acting president of the union.

The union organization indicates that the lack of personnel is not in question. However, the work overload related to the lack of foster families no longer allows the DYP to ensure the protection of children, who sometimes have to stay with families where they risk being mistreated.

The union says it spoke with the Nunavik Regional Health and Social Services Board, but that nothing was done.

The union is asking the Government of Quebec and the Nunavik Regional Health and Social Services Board to act without delay to resolve the situation. The Régie had not responded to our interview request at the time of publication of this article.

If the situation of the DPJ is critical in several regions of Quebec, it is even more dramatic in the North! The current situation is unacceptable, because it puts the mental health of these workers at risk, not to mention the well-being of the children, which is already affected, explains Josée Marcotte, vice-president of the FSSS-CSN, in the press release.

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