Child Protection Conference 2021


Course Date: June 11, 2021

Full Course Materials
Total: 6h 46min
Total Ethics: 1h 37min

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (9:00 – 9:10)

Elder Maria Reed, Waabigekek Ikwe

Child Protection Basics (9:10 – 10:05)

  • procedureticking boxes 
  • working with Indigenous families
  • report to court requirements
  • tests to be met:
    • for a presentation hearing
    • for a protection hearing 
    • for an extension of an order
    • for a Continuing Custody Order (CCO)
    • for rescinding a CCO
    • for obtaining access—pre- and post-CCO 
    • client relations, client management
  • communications between director, director's counsel and parents' counsel

Carley D. Gering Director's Counsel, Legal Counsel, Director's Counsel Group, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria
Katrina Harry Manager, Parents Legal Centre, Legal Aid BC, Vancouver

BREAK (10:05 – 10:20)

Childhood Trauma and the Developing Brain (10:20 – 11:20)

Dr. Matthew Carwana, FRCPC Pediatrician, BC Children's Hospital and RICHER Program, Clinical Instructor, Division of General Pediatrics, UBC, Vancouver
Dr. Emily Fisher Developmental Pediatrics Fellow, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, UBC, Vancouver
Dr. Christine A. Loock, FRCPC, DAB  Developmental Pediatrician, Associate Professor, UBC; Medical Director, BCCH Cleft Palate Program; Specialist Lead, BCCH RICHER Program, North Vancouver

Trauma-Informed Practice (11:20 – 12:00)

  • types of trauma that may impact clients and ourselves: e.g., acute trauma, chronic trauma, system-induced trauma, traumatic grief, complex (developmental) trauma, vicarious trauma
  • trauma arousal: the brain's stress response system
  • recognizing potential trauma triggers
  • the science of emotional contagion
  • using brain science to implement trauma-informed approaches in our practice

Kim Hetherington Practice Development Consultant, Guardianship/Children and Youth with Support Needs, Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Certified Phase I Clinician, Complex Care Intervention Program (CCI) Coach, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Abbotsford
Michelle Wywrot Director of Provincial Practice, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Victoria

LUNCH (12:00 – 12:30)

Administrative Reviews of the Director's Decisions Under Section 93.1 of the CFCSA (12:30 – 1:00)

  • administrative reviews within the context of MCFD's Complaints Program
  • administrative review procedures
  • future state of administrative reviews

Ray Bronson Director of Administrative Reviews, Quality Assurance Branch, Office of the Provincial Director of Child Welfare, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Victoria

Client Crisis Management (1:00 – 1:30)

  • ethical responsibilities
  • practical considerations
  • self-care

Katrina Harry Manager, Parents Legal Centre, Legal Aid BC, Vancouver
Claire L. Marchant
Manager, Practice Support and Equity Ombudsperson, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Sarah Sharp Practice Advisor, Practice Support Department, Law Society of BC, Vancouver

BREAK (1:30 – 1:45)

Representation for Children (1:45 – 2:15)

  • legal representation vs. views of the child
  • issues for children with party status
  • independent legal advice through Legal Aid BC

Alyssa Collins Child and Youth Advocate, Society for Children and Youth of BC, Vancouver
Carley D. Gering
Director's Counsel, Legal Counsel, Director's Counsel Group, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria
Laura Hawes
Legal Counsel, Director's Counsel Group, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria

BREAK (2:15 – 2:25)

Bill C92 Overview and Case Law (2:25 – 3:15)

  • significance of the Act
  • structure of the Act
  • national standards
  • Indigenous jurisdiction
  • strategies moving forward

Laura Hawes Legal Counsel, Director's Counsel Group, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria
Crystal Reeves Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver

BREAK (3:15 – 3:25)

Case Law and Practice Updates (3:25 – 4:35)

  • Jordan's principle
  • Charter issues
  • appeals
  • birth alerts
  • virtual court appearances

Brian Dybwad Parents Legal Centre, Legal Aid BC, Campbell River
Parveen K. Nijjar Director's Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria
Madhvi Russell
Senior Manager, Jordan's Principle, Indigenous Service Canada, BC Region, Vancouver

Closing Comments (4:35 – 4:45)

Katrina HarryManager, Parents Legal Centre, Legal Aid BC, Vancouver
Parveen K. Nijjar Director's Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria