Advocate for Children and Youth makes statement regarding allegations at independent schools

The Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth said in a statement that she is troubled by the historical allegations coming out of Legacy Christian Academy.
Dr. Lisa Broda said that while opposition leader Carla Beck has called for an investigation, their office will be making that determination independent of the request.

With the upcoming school year approaching, my immediate concern is to ensure that, in the current context, young people are safe and protected in all three independent schools impacted,” said Broda in the release.

Broda said in the release that, “all young people have the right to be protected from harm and all schools should be a place where children and youth can safely and fully realize their rights to education and optimal development. There is a high onus for accountability on institutions, such as schools, that hold significant authority over children and youth for such a substantial portion of their lives. When those institutions receive public funding and/or provide a public service, the need for transparency and oversight is paramount.”
She said that while the increased oversight of independent schools by the government is a step in the right direction, it remains to be seen whether these changes will be sufficient to ensure the rights of children and youth in all schools in Saskatchewan are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

The release added that any child or youth can call our office confidentially if they have concerns with public services inclusive of education at 1-800-322-7221.

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