Monday, October 10, 2016

-----British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth-------------CID REVIEWS AND INVESTIGATIONS OCT 6, 2016 Representative's Report #27 - Reviews and Investigations: Feb. 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016 -----------June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2016 During this period, 2,682 critical injuries and 878 deaths of B.C. children and youth who were in care or who were receiving reviewable services within the previous year were reported to the RCY. All have received an initial screening.

Wow. The situation in BC is worse than I ever imagined. Here is some of the information in the report:

--British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth-------------CID REVIEWS AND INVESTIGATIONS OCT 6, 2016 Representative's Report #27 - Reviews and Investigations: Feb. 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016 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. Download report READ MORE »

Now that I have my writing room finished it is very pleasant to sit here and write. I imagine I will be able to begin my investigatio

Overall Summary: 4

June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2016 
During this period, 2,682 critical injuries and 878 deaths of B.C. children and youth who were in care or who were receiving reviewable services within the previous year were reported to the RCY. All have received an initial screening. 

Critical Injuries 
Of the 2,682 critical injuries, 912 did not meet criteria for an RCY review. Decisions about whether to review 
71 of the critical injuries are pending the receipt of further information. 
The remaining 1,699 critical injuries have been identified for an RCY review. 

Completed Critical Injury Reviews and Investigations:
• 19 critical injuries reviewed have been identified for RCY investigations.
• An RCY investigation of a critical injury was completed and a public report (Isolated and Invisible: When Children with Special Needs are Seen but Not Seen) was released in June 2011.
• An RCY Aggregate Review, including 74 of these critical injuries, was completed, and a public report (Trauma, Turmoil and Tragedy: Understanding the Needs of Children and Youth at Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm) was released in November 2012. 
• An RCY investigation of a critical injury was completed and a public report (Who Protected Him? 
How B.C.'s Child Welfare System Failed One of Its Most Vulnerable Children) was released in 
February 2013. 
• An RCY investigation of a critical injury was completed and a public report (Children at Risk: The Case for a Better Response to Parental Addiction) was released in June 2014. 
• An RCY aggregate review, including 29 of these critical injuries, was completed, and a public report (Who Cares? B.C. Children with Complex Medical, Psychological and Developmental Needs and their Families Deserve Better) was released in December 2014. 
• An RCY investigation of a critical injury was completed and a public statement on the report
(Approach with Caution: Why the Story of One Vulnerable B.C. Youth Can’t be Told) was released in May 2016. 
• The remaining critical injuries will either be included in future aggregate reviews, are being
individually reviewed, or have been individually reviewed.


The investigations and reports listed above have been publicly released and are available at www.rcybc.ca



Deaths 
Of the 878 deaths, 516 did not meet criteria for an RCY review. Decisions about whether to review 33 of the deaths are pending the receipt of further information. The remaining 329 deaths have been identified for an RCY review.

Completed Death Reviews and Investigations: 

• Since June 1, 2007, 26 deaths reviewed have been identified for RCY investigations.
• Two RCY investigations of four of these deaths have been completed and public reports have been
released (Honouring Christian Lee- No Private Matter: Protecting Children Living With Domestic Violence was released in September 2009 and Honouring Kaitlynne, Max and Cordon: Make Their Voices Heard Now was released in March 2012). 
• An RCY aggregate review, including 19 of these deaths, was completed, and a public report (Fragile Lives, Fragmented Systems: Strengthening Supports for Vulnerable Infants) was released in January 2011. 
• An RCY aggregate review, including 11 of these deaths, was completed, and a public report
(Trauma, Turmoil and Tragedy: Understanding the Needs of Children and Youth at Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm) was released in November 2012. 

• An investigation into one death was completed and a public report (Lost in the Shadows: How a 
Lack of Help Meant a Loss of Hope for One First Nations Girl) was released in February 2014. 

• An RCY aggregate review, including two of these deaths, was completed, and a public report (Who Cares? B.C. Children with Complex Medical, Psychological and Developmental Needs and their Families Deserve Better) was released in December 2014. 

• An RCY investigation into the death of a young woman was completed and a public report (Paige's Story: Abuse, Indifference and a Young Life Discarded) was released in May 2015. 

• The remaining deaths will be included in future Aggregate Reviews, are being individually
reviewed or have been individually reviewed.

The investigations and reviews listed above have been publicly released and are available at
www.rcybc.ca.
Select Standing Committee Referrals Update: 
 
The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth referred an additional 20 deaths and two critical injuries to the RCY. These deaths and critical injuries are not included in the Overall Summary numbers above and all occurred prior to June 1, 2007, at which time legislation was passed giving the Representative power to conduct reviews and investigations. All 20 deaths and both critical injuries have been reviewed and have resulted either in aggregate reviews and/or investigations, or no further action. 
The investigations and reviews listed above have been publicly released and are available at 
www.rcybc.ca.

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