The two-day event will be webcast for live public viewing January 28 and 29. All Albertans can view the webcast, ask questions online, or participate in an online chat with an expert at the roundtable by registering in advance.

“I want all Albertans to join the conversation through our webcast and offer their advice on improving the province’s child intervention system because we know that it takes a village to raise a child and that we’re all in this together. I have spoken with many stakeholders and families, and I am now looking forward to hearing from the experts about how we can move forward quickly with system improvements.”

– Manmeet S. Bhullar, Minister of Human Services

The roundtable discussions will focus on:

  • What supports a full and meaningful investigation into the death or serious injury of a child in Alberta?
  • What additional steps should be taken to improve investigations when it involves a child receiving child intervention services?
  • What information should be available about child deaths or serious injuries?
  • What changes should Alberta consider with respect to the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act’s publication ban for children who have received or are receiving child intervention services?

A draft summary report from the roundtable will be available for public comment in February. The final report will be tabled in the Alberta Legislature this spring.

“Our plan is focused on accelerating action to improve the lives of Alberta’s children. Knowing about and understanding why a child died is of critical importance to Albertans and the outcome of this event will help to bring clarity to the process and help us drive change.”

– Manmeet S. Bhullar, Minister of Human Services

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources to ensure we’re able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Related information

Child Intervention Roundtable

Publication Ban

Roundtable expert panelists

The expert panel members at the roundtable are:

  • Del Graff, Child and Youth Advocate
  • Dr. Anny Sauvageau, Chief Medical Examiner
  • Jill Clayton, Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • Marilyn Mun, Assistant Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • Gord Phaneuf, Executive Director, Child Welfare League of Canada
  • Dr. Lionel Dibden, Director, Child Adolescent Protection Centre; Chair, Child and Family Services Council for Quality Assurance
  • Dr. Jennifer MacPherson, Alberta Pediatric Society; Community Paediatrics; Associate Clinical Professor, University of Calgary
  • Colleen Wilson, Executive Director, Alberta Press Council
  • Dr. Eric Wasylenko,  Medical Director, Clinical Ethics, John Dosseter Health Ethics Centre
  • John Archer, President, Alberta Legislature Press Gallery

Media inquiries
John LeVatte
Press Secretary, Human Services
780-868-6691

call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000

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