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Will BC Cut Case Workers’ Access to Health Records?

By Moira Wyton  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter An Indigenous mother whose two eldest children were removed from her custody after a case worker examined her medical  records is once again challenging a provision of B.C.’s child welfare  legislation she says discriminates against parents with mental health  challenges and violated her right to privacy.   According to court  documents, the records retrieved by a social worker showed the mother,  referred to as T.L., had a history of schizophrenia she manages with  medication, as well as substance use and trauma stemming from childhood  sexual abuse.   T.L. appealed her case to the B.C. Court of  Appeal last week, and an intervening legal advocacy organization says  the outcome could permanently alter the child welfare system that  disproportionately polices Indigenous and disabled women.  

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