Child and Youth Advocate releases fourth mandatory reviews into child deaths
September 29, 2020
Edmonton…The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released reviews into the circumstances of 13 young people, 11 of whom passed away between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. This report also includes a young person who passed away prior to this time, but whose review was stayed until March 2020, and another young person whose review was published in June 2020 a year after his passing.
“Although these young people come from different backgrounds and circumstances, it is important to remember them as individuals and that their deaths were a loss to their families and communities,” said Del Graff, Child and Youth Advocate. “In this report, we identify how important it is that child serving ministries ensure policies and procedures are being implemented consistently across the province.”
The mandatory reviews include four new recommendations:
- re-evaluating and revising policies and practice guidelines to ensure file transfer processes are consistent across the province;
- promoting coordination and cooperation among community agencies to best support families and young people;
- ensuring whole treatment programs are accessible for families; and,
- aligning legislation and policy so they are clear and can be consistently applied.
Mandatory reporting increases accountability and transparency for government systems, benefitting both young people and their families involved with child intervention. Mandatory reporting also builds public confidence through identifying gaps, barriers and opportunities in systems that serve Albertans.
The Child Protection and Accountability Act expanded the mandate of the Advocate to publicly report on the death of a young person involved with Child Intervention Services, as a child in need of intervention at the time of their death, or within two years of their death.
A copy of the report is available here: ocya.alberta.ca/adult/publications/investigative-review/.
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