Ball decries lack of action on child, youth services

James McLeod
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For the third day in a row, the Liberals were pressing Child, Youth and Family Services Minister Paul Davis for answers, in the wake of a scathing report by Carol Chafe, the province’s Child and Youth Advocate.

Chafe spent two years investigating after a troubled

16-year-old boy —who fell through the cracks after he had been in provincial care and was living alone in a bedsitting house— started a fire which killed a fellow resident of the building.

Liberal Leader Dwight Ball said many of the recommendations Chafe made were similar to recommendations made following the Turner inquiry.

“There are a lot of things in common,” Ball said. “The recommendations, of course, coming out of the Turner investigation are very similar to the recommendations that were seen and released this week.”

The Liberals accuse the government of acting too slowly to strengthen the child and youth care services.

Davis said that by creating a standalone department, the government has done a lot to strengthen the system.

“We, as a government, realized that is not the most effective way to provide services for children and youth. We undertook a study, a clinical review in 2008 to 2009. We looked at the results of that review very carefully, and in 2009 we announced that we would form a new Department of Child, Youth and Family Services,” he said. “It has been a big piece of work for this government, Mr. Speaker. It is a serious piece of work. Our goal is to continue to provide the best services possible for children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Organizations: Department of Child, Youth and Family Services

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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