Staying Connected - A Report of the Task Force on a Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth with Complex Needs
March 17th, 2011
Staying Connected: A Report of the Task Force on a Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth with Complex Needs was released by Shirley Smallwood, the parent of a child with complex needs, and by Bernard Richard, ombudsman and child and youth advocate.
Smallwood and Richard were tasked with making recommendations regarding what services a centre of excellence should provide, what services should be made accessible in communities across the province to support the work of the centre, where the centre should be located and how it should be governed. They gathered public opinion on these matters through an online consultation process and at a provincial dialogue session held in Fredericton last November. They also met individually with stakeholders, and in particular sought out the opinions of children and youth in various care settings, and their families and caregivers.
The report emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary, family-centric approaches.