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The Representatives Critical Injuries and Deaths Update # 11

Representative’s Report

March 15, 2011

Update #11
Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations
Purpose

The purpose of the Representative for Children and Youth’s reviews and investigations of child deaths and critical injuries is to identify and thoughtfully analyze issues – particularly in service delivery. The intent is to help prevent similar deaths or injuries in the future, and to inform improvements to services.

Independently reviewing, investigating and reporting out on these deaths and critical injuries are essential elements of public accountability and promoting public confidence in the child welfare system. These reviews and investigations are done in a timely, fair, respectful and thorough manner.Reporting Period: October 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011
During this reporting period 41 critical injuries and 35 deaths of B.C. children and youth who were in care or receiving reviewable services within the previous year were reported to the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY).1

These have all had an initial screening by the Representative and staff to determine whether the injury or death meets the criteria for an RCY Review (defined on page 6). A summary of these initial screenings is on the following pages.

In general, there was no noteworthy deviation from patterns observed in previous reporting periods.

Special Report: The Representative released a Special Report, “Reporting of Critical Injuries and Deaths to the Representative for Children and Youth”, on Dec. 6th, 2010. The report outlined problem areas in MCFD reporting all relevant critical injuries and deaths to the Representative. The Representative recommended that MCFD develop and implement a Critical Injury and Death Notification Policy that complies with the RCY Act. The report also recommended that a policy draft be forwarded to the Representative for comment by Jan. 7, 2011 and that the policy be finalized, communicated to all MCFD staff, delegated Aboriginal Agencies, and service provider partners or public bodies, and be fully implemented by Mar. 1, 2011.

At present, MCFD has adopted an interim measure to better meet reporting requirements. The Representative looks forward to full implementation of the recommendation in the near future.

Download full report The Representatives Critical Injuries and Deaths Update # 11