This Special Report reviews the current MCFD policy regarding the reporting of critical injuries and deaths to the Representative. It makes a recommendation regarding needed improvements to the policy.
In the weeks and days leading up to the murders of Christian Lee and his mother, a coordinated system linking criminal law, child welfare and family justice information could have made a difference in the tragic outcome, says B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth.
A struggling young family needed short-term housing assistance so their baby could be safe, but instead the child was taken into government care. An investigation into a First Nations baby’s critical injury finds that many of the systemic factors that played a major role in the infant’s removal from his parents still exist today.
In April 2007, the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth asked the Representative to investigate the deaths of four Northern B.C. children who died between 1999 and 2005. The detailed analysis that follows in this report focuses on identifying those enduring lessons that can be used to inform improvements to the child serving system and child protection.
A summary of the roles and responsibilities of the Coroners Service, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Ombudsman, the Provincial Health Officer, the Public Guardian and Trustee and the Representative for Children and Youth in the review of critical injuries and deaths of children in British Columbia. This report describes how these public agencies collaborate to strengthen the system of supports for vulnerable children and youth.