Provinces Child and Youth Advocate initiates investigation into handling of Labrador referral

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The province's Child and Youth Advocate, Darlene Neville, announced today she will carry out an investigation of the services staff in Labrador provided to the families of a 13-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl who died as a result of a fire in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in June 2008.
According to a news release, the investigation will be conducted pursuant to Section15.(1)(a) of the Child and Youth Advocate Act regarding the services provided by Child, Youth and Family Services, Labrador-Grenfell Regional Integrated Health Authority, to the families of the youths.
Neville acknowledged that during January, staff in her office received a referral from a concerned citizen in Happy Valley-Goose Bay regarding the child protection services provided to the 13-year-old boy and his family prior to the fire.
Neville confirmed that staff in her office had originally taken no action in response to this referral, and that she had not been informed of the referral having been received.
Neville said she first learned of the referral during a June meeting with Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones and then requested and received documentation from Child, Youth and Family Services in Labrador regarding the services provided to these families.
Neville says after reviewing the documentation, it has been determined an investigation is required.
Neville stated that as certain staff in her office concluded in January that the referral regarding the provision of child protection services to the 13-year-old boy and his family did not warrant any action or follow up, it would be inappropriate for those staff members to undertake an investigation of the same referral.
Neville stated she has today written the Management Commission of the House of Assembly seeking assistance with respect to the conduct of this investigation. She confirmed that she will personally conduct the investigation until such time as the Management Commission can respond to her request for assistance.

Organizations: Youth and Family Services, Labrador-Grenfell Regional Integrated Health Authority, Management Commission of the House of Assembly

Geographic location: Labrador, Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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  • Me
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I think personally the CYFS act on to many referals and believe what any tom dik and harry might say .. People are loosing their children , having their lives ruined because some people have nothing else to do .. Put yourself in someones position where they have lost their kids , never done anything ever to hurt or put their children in harm and then have supervised visits with your own children and then your children begging you to come home . And get this your not allowed to tell them WHY.. So they basically tell you lie to your kids .. When you come involved with these people , take it from first hand knowledge , don't express YOURSELF or open up in any kind of way ..Be prepared to loose them for 3 months and little as many hours as you can imagine with them ..It also takes so many weeks just to answer one of your questions ... From my point of view i think the Referals who call in should be public cause some PEOPLE are just out to get revenge , and it's not fair to the little boys and girls who have to suffer from their parents because some A Hole wanted some sort of revenge ..The Government are allowed to do whatever they want these days , and ruin INNOCENT peoples lives ...Justice has to be served somewhere along the line ...

  • Me
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    I think personally the CYFS act on to many referals and believe what any tom dik and harry might say .. People are loosing their children , having their lives ruined because some people have nothing else to do .. Put yourself in someones position where they have lost their kids , never done anything ever to hurt or put their children in harm and then have supervised visits with your own children and then your children begging you to come home . And get this your not allowed to tell them WHY.. So they basically tell you lie to your kids .. When you come involved with these people , take it from first hand knowledge , don't express YOURSELF or open up in any kind of way ..Be prepared to loose them for 3 months and little as many hours as you can imagine with them ..It also takes so many weeks just to answer one of your questions ... From my point of view i think the Referals who call in should be public cause some PEOPLE are just out to get revenge , and it's not fair to the little boys and girls who have to suffer from their parents because some A Hole wanted some sort of revenge ..The Government are allowed to do whatever they want these days , and ruin INNOCENT peoples lives ...Justice has to be served somewhere along the line ...