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(Canada) Sydney, N.S.: 'Things have changed; I find the youth more violent'

Sept 28, 2017, CBC News (Nova Scotia): Worker hit with chair raises alarm about violence at Sydney youth centre http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/violence-youth-centre-worker-union-nsgeu-sydney-comhla-cruinn-1.4309593 Martha Green has been off work for months, saying she is too nervous to return A worker at a Sydney youth centre is raising alarm, saying staff and residents at the facility are at risk because violent youth are occasionally placed there. Martha Green has been employed as a youth worker for 14 years, most recently at the Comhla Cruinn Youth Residential Centre. She is currently on leave after she said she was assaulted at the facility last March, and is afraid to go back to work. "Things have changed; I find the youth more violent," Green told CBC News in an interview at her home. The Department of Community Services would not say how many violent incidents have taken place at the facility, which is home to eight young people between the ages of 12 and 18. … Declining an interview, the department said in an email that Comhla Cruinn is a community-based residential youth group home that goes beyond foster care. Children placed there may have "complex emotional and behavioural needs requiring an increased level of supervision and support." Green said she doesn't feel staff at Comhla Cruinn have the training or resources they need to deal with some of the youth.