Aug 042021
 
Considering the Best Interests of the Child when Sentencing Parents in Canada: Sample Case Law Review
CFSC (Quakers) peace work

More than 100 organizations, including CFSC, have provided evidence to Canada about children’s rights issues. This evidence comes in advance of a review of Canada by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Committee in 2022.

A new open letter, sent by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC), which includes CFSC and many other organizations, notes a pattern within the government of Canada of “blaming other jurisdictions instead of taking seriously the duties we all share to create conditions where children can realize their full potential…”

Speaking of the information provided by organizations from around the country the open letter notes, “The evidence and recommendations in these reports cover a wide range of conditions that Canada has a duty to address so that children can realize their rights…” The letter, sent to the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, explains that the number of organizations involved shows that there is broad support across the country for change.

Considering the Best Interests of the Child when Sentencing Parents in Canada: Sample Case Law Review

The letter offers multiple suggestions on how to improve Canada’s engagement in the CRC review and how to implement changes at home. Download the open letter (PDF).

Read about our concern for the wellbeing of children when their parents come into contact with the criminal justice system.