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Serenity had been in provincial care and placed with members of her extended family until she was taken to hospital in September 2014 with severe brain trauma and signs of physical and sexual abuse, hypothermia and malnutrition. She weighed just 18 pounds when she died on Sept. 27, 2014. It took two years before an autopsy report was completed and Alberta’s child and youth advocate struggled to access information. The RCMP didn’t have access to her files until December 2016, two years after her death.-----------Julie Ali We have to listen and read such junk it's really a wonder that the truth ever gets out. Why would there be any fear about sharing information between government and other public bodies? What the heck?--------

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The culture of secrecy and fear at the GOA needs to change but it will not change until citizens actually change government by ourselves. #PanelPolitics is a way for politicians to get free advertisements through ineffectual chatter of the sort we are now hearing. It's ridiculous.
I'd say we simply kick GOA butt and end the culture of non-performance.
How do we do this?
I say we yap about what happens to our families publicly.
I say we make sure that the emerging issues are all related to the GOA's failure to do it's job.
I say we ensure that our most vulnerable family members are protected.
When system wide failures are present I say we go to opposition party members and start media storms.
I say we do the work government is not doing in Alberta because it doesn't have to have any deliverables.
If this is the case, why don't we simply privitize the government as much as we can and have only a limited public body? At least we would get value for our money and kids / seniors won't be harmed and dying without any sort of accountability.
It's a farce.
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Child intervention panel hears how culture of fear could result in information being withheld
CLAIRE THEOBALD
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Published on: March 6, 2017 | Last Updated: March 6, 2017 9:34 PM MST
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A ministerial panel on child intervention heard how fear over sharing information in child welfare cases could lead to important information being withheld from the very organizations tasked with ensuring the wellbeing of the child.
“We can’t work together if we don’t talk to each other,” George Alvarez, acting executive director of information management for children’s services and community and social services, told a panel meeting Monday at the Federal Building.
The panel was created after details of four-year-old Serenity’s death became public in late 2016.
Serenity had been in provincial care and placed with members of her extended family until she was taken to hospital in September 2014 with severe brain trauma and signs of physical and sexual abuse, hypothermia and malnutrition.
She weighed just 18 pounds when she died on Sept. 27, 2014.
It took two years before an autopsy report was completed and Alberta’s child and youth advocate struggled to access information.
The RCMP didn’t have access to her files until December 2016, two years after her death.
In response to a public outcry, the panel was created to explore ways to improve Alberta’s child death review process and strengthen the intervention system.
Presenting a report to the panel Monday, Joni Brodziak, executive director of child intervention for the Children’s Services department, said current privacy legislation “looks pretty enabling already” when it comes to sharing information between government agencies regarding child welfare.
That being said, Brodziak said within the child welfare community, personal information is “precious cargo” and there is a culture of fear about providing information and confusion about what can lawfully be shared. A resulting narrow interpretation of legislation means important information that could be shared is being withheld.
Alvarez and Brodziak suggested there should be the same level of accountability for sharing information as there is for withholding information that could have helped a child or family.
The panel is expected to meet again later in March.
ctheobald@postmedia.com
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Julie Ali We have to listen and read such junk it's really a wonder that the truth ever gets out. Why would there be any fear about sharing information between government and other public bodies? What the heck?
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