SHAWINIGAN – The Direction of youth protection (DYP) of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec is concerned about the fall of 56% in the number of reports in a full pandemic, and calls on the citizens to keep the eye open.
“The decrease in reports is disturbing, but it is still [present] in the environments at risk,” said Friday, Marie-Pierre Robitaille-Lacerte, the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec.
The number of cases reported to the DYP is increased from 610 in April 2019, to 267 in April this year. The schools closed in recent weeks due in part to this decline, according to the authorities, since a good proportion of the reports normally comes to the school system.
The DYP is responsible to do to avoid the drama. Stakeholders always move in the families and the reports are processed.
Open the eye
All that remains is to remember to the population to open the eye, especially during this period where the absence of a child can easily go unnoticed, because the school is not mandatory.
It is always possible to engage in a discussion with a neighbour if there is doubt.
“[It is also possible to] report, when there is particular risk of physical abuse, of sexual abuse, psychological disorders, serious behavioural or gross negligence. You should not hesitate at this time,” said Ms. Robitaille-Lacerte.
Moreover, many citizens are willing to contribute. The drama of the girl, from Granby, which has shaken Quebec a year ago, gave a new breath to the organization the Parents-Secours, Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec.
A committee has been put in place to Shawinigan in the last few months while a new cell is organized currently in the area of Grand-Mother.
“Don’t hesitate to give your name and be on the lookout for what’s happening in your neighbourhood, when you take a walk of health. I believe that with the assistance and with the involvement of a maximum number of people, it really creates a sense of security,” stressed the spokesman of the agency, Nancy Drolet.
And don’t worry, pandemic or not, the volunteers of Parents-Secours remain present… but at two meters of distance.