Alberta introduces Children First law to strengthen rules

The Alberta government has introduced legislation for wide-ranging changes to assist children. Human Services Minister Dave Hancock says the Children First Act will develop a Children’s Charter to ensure that government policy puts youngsters first.

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has introduced legislation for wide-ranging changes to assist children.

Human Services Minister Dave Hancock says the Children First Act will develop a Children’s Charter to ensure that government policy puts youngsters first.

The act will also encourage police, schools, and social agencies to share information to assist kids in need.

There will also be a review of policies government-wide as they relate to children.

There will be amendments to other laws to, among other changes, better protect children from sexual exploitation.

The mandate of the Child and Youth Advocate will also be strengthened.