Workers from the DPJ and youth centers issue a cry from the heart

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Interveners from the DPJ and youth centers issue a cry from the heart

APTS members regularly denounce (as here in April 2021) the work overload and psychological distress of youth protection workers.

A year and a half after the filing According to the report of the Laurent commission, workers in youth centers and the Direction de la protection de la jeunesse (DYP) are still faced with an “overwhelming” workload and growing waiting lists. lengthen, denounces their union, which asks the Legault government for concrete solutions.

According to a survey to which 425 network employees responded, 78% of respondents cannot take the breaks to which they are entitled, 61% have to do work on their own time and half say sleeping badly, crying and feeling sick before going to work, summarized Caroline Letartre-Simoneau, Montreal representative of the APTS, during the mobilization day.

In Montreal currently, the average time to obtain an evaluation in the youth protection sector is 78 days, compared to an average of 38 days in Quebec.

But even if efforts have been made to prioritize the most urgent cases, waiting in child protection is not like waiting for a vasectomy: children risk their safety and their development is compromised, underlined Steve Garceau, psychoeducator and APTS union representative for the Lanaudière region.

To make their demands heard, several members of the APTS carried out, in Montreal as elsewhere in Quebec, a symbolic action on Thursday morning. They dropped off a huge stuffed animal personifying the workload of the workers at the Dominique-Savio Rehabilitation Center for young people with adjustment difficulties.

The union looks forward to receiving the new standards of practice, although it says it was not consulted in their development.

We know the solutions: the burden must be reviewed to fit within 35 hours per week and with clear indicators of workload other than the number of cases per responder, Garceau said.

” We must consider whether the file is in court, the vulnerability of the child, the travel time to get to the meetings. »

—  Steve Garceau, psychoeducator and union representative of the APTS

According to him, we must also improve the front-line services offered to parents in CLSCs, particularly in adult mental health and drug addiction to support parents and decode the needs of family environments in advance.

According to the President of the APTS, Robert Comeau, we need more than good intentions and thanks. We want concrete actions that will have rapid impacts. He also insisted on the importance of promoting the profession, both to ensure staff retention and to attract the next generation.

At the National Assembly, the Minister of Social Services to raise the subject.

“The needs are great, I am aware of that, but we have innovated with different programs that facilitate access to mental health services. We have done a lot of that for our young people. »

— Lionel Carmant, Minister Responsible for Social Services

. In particular, he mentioned prevention in schools, which he said has been enhanced, and the deployment of the open space program.

We have reached 16 establishments across Quebec where young people can come when they want and when they need to talk to someone (…) I even visited the installation at my colleague's in Beauce where the workers go to see the young people in the schools, at home, underlined the Minister Carmant.

What is important to mention, it& #x27;is that it is necessary to facilitate the exchange of information between the workers of the DYP, the professionals, the organizations and the establishments with which it is necessary to collaborate. Because it is this lack of collaboration, of exchange of information that has caused many of the problems that we have experienced in recent years, he concluded.< /p>

In April, the Legault government adopted Law 15 on youth protection, where it was specified that the interests of the child should take precedence. Under this new law, keeping a child in its biological family at all costs should no longer be the top priority of the authorities.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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