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).
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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