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Analysis: Safe Care Act, September 2017

This paper articulates the Ending Violence Association of BC’s analysis of Bill M 240, the Safe Care Act, 2017 that was introduced as a Private Member’s Bill to the 6th session of the BC Legislature in March 2017 by MLA Gordon Hogg.

This Private Member’s Bill would permit the involuntary confinement of children and youth, from the ages of 12 to 19, with severe substance misuse issues, or those being sexually exploited. It would further establish a legal process that would enable a court to authorize the placement of these children and youth in a secure setting for a period of up to 30 days (with the ability to apply for an additional 30 days) in order to stabilize their emotional and physical health while allowing time to assess their needs and develop a ‘community plan of care’.

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