This CBC (very thorough) report on child protection in British Columbia is direct and to the point.  It’s honesty and tone would be instructive for many U.S. states that suffer from the same issues without the will to face them head on.

It hurts me that we don’t talk more openly about child abuse and how life changing it is for children.  Until we do, there’s little chance that the changes required to make our systems work will occur.

I really liked this quote from the report; “In the future, we must accept and act on a simple principle: child protection is one of the most difficult jobs in government and it should be recognized and rewarded with higher compensation.”  It is.

All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children

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  1. Mike,

    Canada can be clear because it has signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Among other rights that convention grants to children is the right to be free from corporal punishment. There is also a right to counsel. The reason children are “invisible” in America and Minnesota is because they have no rights. And this increasing seen as a violation of international law i.e. the UNCRC.

    Minnesota law specifically exempts parents and care givers (MN 626.556 section K) “Abuse does not include reasonable and moderate physical discipline of a child administered by a parent or legal guardian which does not result in an injury” As a result of is caveat, Minnesota DHS can only intervenes after the suspicion of harsh punishment or neglect. It is child rescue not child protection.

    I would suggest that we work to eliminate Minnesota’s exemption for the parental use of corporal punishment and establish a community standard of “Minnesota Nice” for kids. Let’s talk.

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