Children in province at increased danger of abuse: AG report

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Auditor General's Report March 2010

The province’s auditor general warns that children in Newfoundland and Labrador are at increased danger of physical and sexual abuse because not enough monitoring is being done of children in high-risk environments.

John Noseworthy’s report, released today, reviewed 46 case files from the province’s Protective Intervention Program (PIP) spanning January 2005 to December 2009. The report determined that under long-term protection (LTP) guidelines, 464 risk assessment instruments — which help determine the likelihood of harm to a child — should have been used on those 46 files, but just 48 (10.3 per cent) were done. There were also 464 “family-centred action plans” — designed to outline family interaction, with the help of a social worker, to reduce the risk of harm to children — required, but just 27 were done (5.8 per cent).

As a result of issues with the delivery and monitoring of the LTP component of the PIP there was an increased risk that harm may occur to children,” wrote Noseworthy in the report.

The report noted that of those 46 files, 17 of them didn’t have a single risk-assessment instrument completed, while 28 of them didn’t have a single family-centred action plan completed.

See full coverage in Thursday's print edition of The Telegram.

The full report can be found at http://www.ag.gov.nl.ca/ag/annualReports.htm

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • benny hill
    January 26, 2011 - 18:03

    I wonder has a report been completed to show the risk of abuse to a child while in the care of child protection.I would like to see one that shows how much physical,mental and emotional also sexual abuse kids that have been through since being in the care of cyfs the past few years and also the abuse that kids that have been sent out of province have been through.I would like the see the government do a complete investigation of places outside of Newfoundland that are kids are being sent to.Ièm sure the people of Newfoundland would be shocked or mortified of what some kids endure in mainland treatment places.Some kids,our Newfoundland kids go through months of isolation and if they step out of line physical restraints and needle injections are done.I feel the people of Newfoundland deserve to know the horrors some children from here endure while on the mainland for treatment.Why should our young kids be treated this way.Also I would like to know why when a child has a complaint or a parent towards cyfs do they investigate themselves.

    • bennyhill
      January 27, 2011 - 13:03

      www.thestar.com/news/investigations/article/832911--youth-lock-ups-blasted Here is what the toronto star reports about a well know institution that children,including children from Newfoundland are being sent to.Itès a must read

  • Randy
    January 26, 2011 - 16:22

    Between Jan. 2005 to Dec. 2009. I would like to know who was our great leader and saviour at that time. I thought that children were our future. The dirt will come out now. What government dept. does this fall under? I guess that 2 billion dollars Mr. Williams put into the teachers pension fund won't last long , now we know where the pension fund has gone and is still going. Great job as usual Mr. Noseworthy’s. Good to see that we have somebody looking out for us, what ever you do please don't run in politics.