Jan. 28, 2019
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate has released a report entitled Behind Closed Doors: A Story of Neglect.
The report stems from the review of a severe case of child neglect involving a family of five young children.
In February 2018, the advocate’s office gave the Department of Social Development formal notice of investigation of this case.
The advocate’s review found violations of the children’s rights to:
“This investigation and report were not prepared in an attempt to find fault or to assign blame, but, rather, the report is written as a testament to what happened and, ultimately, to develop solutions to address failings or gaps in a very complex child welfare system in New Brunswick and make recommendations to benefit children under protective services,” said Child and Youth Advocate Norman Bossé.
During the investigation, the advocate’s office looked for answers to the following questions:
The findings of the investigation prompted the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate to make four recommendations to the government:
“For all children receiving child protection services, there is an expectation that they will be safe and protected,” said Bossé. “I trust that this report and the recommendations which emerge from it will improve the safety of all vulnerable children.”