Thursday, April 01, 2010

Shaking the Movers IV - Landon Pearson hosts Youth Conference on Youth Rights and the Media

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The following is from the latest Child Welfare League of Canada newsletter

Landon Pearson Resource Centre: Call for Youth Participants

On June 4-5, 2010, the Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights will be hosting Shaking the Movers IV, the latest instalment in a series of workshops that bring youth together from across the country to discuss their rights.

This year's theme is "Child Rights and the Media," and is based on Articles 13 (freedom of expression), 16 (right to privacy), 17 (access to appropriate information and media responsibility), 34 (protection from sexual exploitation) and 36 (protection from other forms of exploitation) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Day One of the workshop will focus on public media and the right to access to information, while Day Two will focus on social media and the right to safe and constructive use of information.

The Centre is looking for young people (between the ages of 14 and 19) to participate in the workshop. If your organization knows or works with any youth who would be interested in attending, please contact the Centre at the coordinates below.

Landon Pearson
Tel: 613-520-2600 ext. 1453

The Foster Care Council of Canada wrote the following letter to Landon Pearson in response.

Landon Pearson

I wanted to ask if the upcoming youth conference on youth and the media will inform youth of the fact that section 45 (8) of the Child and Family Services Act in Ontario, and similar privacy sections in child welfare legislation across the Country in fact violates their charter and UN rights in that the media can not publish the names of, or information about children and youth in child protection services even if the children and youth wish to have their names and information made public.

For example a youth in care joined a theatre company and the story was published in the paper. Because the youth was in care, the media had to give the youth an alias taking any of that youth's pride away and making him nothing more than a statistic or a product of the system. Imagine a story on your history and your accomplishments and not being able to call you Landon Pearson?

This is an important matter which I hope would be brought up at the conference for youth in that the provincial child protection legislation should be amended to allow the persons the legislation was intended to protect to choose for themselves if they want the information made public via a sub-section which allows for authorization from the youth in care directly to publish information, without interference from child protection authorities or other professionals.

John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada

RACAS - Ride for Accountability of Children's Aid Societies

1 comment:

  1. Landon Pearson responded stating that she would ask the youth to discuss this issue at the conference.