To welcome vulnerable children, who are suffering, who are sick, victims, excluded or abandoned from the community in order to help them to restore their health and hope, and to develop their full potential, all in according to the Convention on the Rights of the children.
To achieve its mission, the Social Pediatric Centre of Gatineau believes in sharing power with families and significant others for the child with respect and dignity and to ensures the promotion of children's rights.
In Outaouais, a western region of Quebec, the first Social Pediatric Center was created from a shared desire between Dr. Gilles Julien, the Centre de santé et des services sociaux de Gatineau and the Centres Jeunesse de l'Outaouais to promote and to offer a new form of integrated social medicine to the most vulnerable children of the community.
Over the years, the SPCG, in collaboration with its partners in the domains of health and social services, has developed innovative clinical projects tailored to the needs of a vulnerable population in many respects. Despite budget challenges, SPCG has developed a high quality clinical practice offering unparalleled service intensity in the health and social services.
The Social Paediatrics Centre of Gatineau strictly enforced for nearly 9 years the approach developed by Dr. Gilles Julien. With the implementation of a second center in its districts of Old Hull in February 2015, the SPCG has now a team composed of 4 doctors and a dozen of psychosocial workers. Both centers hosts near 1000 children together and continues its work to combat the toxic effects of the chronical stress of poverty which our children are exposed daily.
Our general goals
To promote the overall development of children from 0 to 17 years old;
- To help children to use the resources to improve their health and well being and thus have power over their lives;
- Encourage the commitment of the parents and the significant others with children and support them so that they use the resources to improve to improve their living conditions and so they take ownership and power over their life ;
- To positively influence the practices of various organizations and partners to better serve children;
- To countering the toxic effects of chronical stresses in children who live in the midst of great poverty;
- To allow our children to continue to have dreams.