Quebec introduces pilot project for free youth protection mediation service

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MONTREAL — Quebec is introducing a mediation pilot project that the government says could lead to better child protection intervention.

Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, Junior health Minister Lionel Carmant and Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault announced today in a release Quebec hopes to improve interventions with an independent, free and fast mediation service.

The release says mediation is a possible new avenue before going to court and will be offered after a deadlock or when voluntary agreements are refused.

Jolin-Barrette says the project will encourage parents to find better solutions outside the court, which often can lead to negative repercussions for the children.

The project is a result of recommendations made by the Commission on Children's Rights and Youth Protection, following a two-year investigation that was prompted by the April 2019 death of a seven-year-old girl in Granby, Que.

It will gradually be implemented in the provincial capital judicial district before being introduced in other areas throughout 2022.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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