A release from the Representative for Children and Youth, March 26, 2013:
The audit found scattered and ineffective documentation of planning for these vulnerable children and youth, as well as a clear lack of emphasis by MCFD on comprehensive and regular planning and intervention.
Government has a responsibility, as the prudent parent of these children, to carefully plan for them in order to increase their opportunities in life,’’ said Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.
Many of these children desperately need interventions and services to address their needs and a plan for how they will receive those things.
This planning is not an option or a luxury, although this audit shows it has been treated as both by a ministry focused on crisis-management. Planning is a staple of good child welfare practice. MCFD must make this a priority going forward…
This is a dismal performance by the ministry, especially when its own internal audits have already revealed poor compliance for many years.
By the way, for his fine work, Stephen Brown, the Ministry of Children and Family Development Deputy Minister, enjoyed a 19% raise in 2012. His salary in the last fiscal year was $230,238, which was $36,087 more than in 2011. (Source: BC Public Accounts)
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