Growing Up in B.C. – 2015
Date posted: September 18, 2015
Released jointly by the Representative for Children and Youth and the Provincial Health Officer, Growing Up in B.C. – 2015 documents six areas of child well-being: physical and mental health, learning, safety, behaviour, family economic well-being, and family, peer and community connections. While it looks at the well-being of all children in B.C., it also updates information about two groups of children and youth who have experienced less well-being historically: those with experiences in government care, and Aboriginal children and youth.
This report includes voices of youth as well as input from community and academic experts to help interpret the information. There are also examples of promising practices to address issues in each of the six areas of child well-being.
While there are some positive findings, the results paint a picture of the struggles vulnerable children and youth continue to face with poverty, education, health concerns, safety, risky behaviours and maintaining connections to their families and communities.