Media Release: E4C Accepts Group Home Report

E4C Accepts Group Home Report Outcomes of Review

Organization Committed to Creating Safe Environments for At Risk Youth

November 17, 2015

(Edmonton) – E4C accepts the Outcomes of the Review put forward in the report of the group home undertaken by the Ministry of Human Services.

The report, which was released today, affirms that the appropriate programming was in place at the group home, that workers met the qualifications expected of staff to support this highly vulnerable population and that staff at the home were invested in caring for and supporting the youth at the home.

The review’s identification of the need to strengthen the understanding among some staff of the harm reduction model is also acknowledged. E4C believes harm reduction to be an effective approach to supporting youth with multifaceted issues. “Without question, this population has a history of traumatic experiences and transient lifestyles. Helping these youth requires insight, expertise and experience and we work hard to support our staff to better deliver the most appropriate services within this model,” says Barb Spencer, CEO of E4C.

E4C appreciates the need to build confidence amongst group homes’ neighbours and the neighborhood as a whole. “Community support, said Spencer, is an integral part of our work and we continue to be committed to creating environments that are both safe and responsive to our communities and welcomed by our neighbours.”

For over 45 years, E4C has demonstrated its commitment to our city’s most vulnerable children, youth, and adults and has worked hard to build safe, community supported, and unidentifiable facilities within residential areas of Edmonton. The public identification of the location of this group home has placed youth at this site in a vulnerable position as it exposes them to those who prey on marginalized young people. In order to protect the youth it serves, E4C has made the decision to close its operations at this site.

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For Further Information Contact:

Barb Spencer

780-424-7543 Ext 165

email: bspencer@e4calberta.org

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