A cut above
March 31, 2020
31 March 2020
A Black youth living in a rural group home with little access to public transit complained to us that staff would not drive him to get a haircut.
Issue: Rights (culture and identity)
A Black youth living in a rural group home with little access to public transit complained to us that staff would not drive him to get a haircut. Our staff suggested that he speak to his caseworker about the matter, and we followed up with the children’s aid society. After the youth told the caseworker the local barber shop was not familiar with the unique hair care needs of Black youth, she offered to drive him to one that was. Under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017, a service provider is required to take identity characteristics such as race, ancestry, colour and ethnic origin into account when providing services.
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