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Surrey PLC and an overview of child protection law (February 17, 2022)

Recorded on February 17, 2022

[1:56:46] A session presented to community workers in Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Hope, Chilliwack and surrounding communities.

Jeff Speed examined the court process for child protection cases and explained what the legislation allows the Ministry to do and what it cannot do without a court order. Jeff also discussed out of court cases, including safety plans and voluntary care agreements with a special emphasis on how the Parents Legal Centre is able to assist families with Ministry involvement, whether their case is court-involved or not.

Child protection flow chart (PDF download)


00:00 Introduction

02:49 Overview of Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA)

04:49 Who has authority in child protection?

07:24 What does CFCSA set out as child protection concerns? (Section 13)

14:40 The child protection process

46:45 Support services for child protection

49:51 Non-court process for child protection

1:09:05 Court process - Presentation

1:16:40 Court process - Protection hearings

1:19:57 Court process - Supervision orders

1:22:44 Court process - Continuing custody hearings

1:25:35 Other orders

1:30:38 Adding parties

1:43:25 Independent legal advice for children or 3rd parties

1:45:04 Expert reports

1:51:03 Parents Legal Centre - a free resource



Jeff Speed, Managing Lawyer, Parents Legal Centre - Surrey



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