Another child dies in province’s care

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Child advocate says some progress being made when it comes to her office being notified

The province’s child and youth advocate is determined to bring about legislative changes that will result in her office being notified immediately when a child in the province’s care dies or is involved in a critical incident.

Carol Chafe — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Carol Chafe told The Telegram today that the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services contacted her recently to tell her there had been another case of a child dying who had been receiving services from the province.

She said she’s not sure if it will involve her doing a full-blown investigation until she reviews the file.

Chafe met with department officials Thursday and she said there has been some progress made when it comes to her office receiving notification, but she wants more.

“I am lobbying for legislation that my office will be notified immediately when a child dies or there is a critical incident. There is a memorandum of understanding with CYFS, but I want to be notified from every department that is involved with providing services to children,” she said.

Chafe’s office is investigating six cases — three of which involve the deaths of four children. One of the three involves the deaths of two children.

The other cases that didn't result in death involve serious physical, emotional and sexual abuse of several children in separate cases over several years while the family and children were receiving services from various government departments.

Chafe said she couldn’t go into detail about the latest death.

The Department of Child Youth and Family Services was formed in 2009. Since then, 27 children have died while in the province’s care.

More information will be provided in The Weekend Telegram.

Organizations: Department of Child, Youth and Family Services

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Recent comments

  • Corporate Psycho
    September 06, 2014 - 06:21

    So we need legislation to force someone at CYFS to call the advocate and let her know a child's died? Start the formal inquiry NOW.

  • Dolf
    September 05, 2014 - 17:31

    She insists on being notified. So she'll eventually get it. Then what happens? Will she have the power to recommend prosecution if warranted? So far all she's insisting on is being notified. More specifics please.