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MEDIA STATEMENT- Children’s Advocate responds to illegal leak to media of confidential child death report https://www.google.com//cd8/media-statement-childrens-advocate-responds-to-illegal-leak-to-media-of-confidential-child-death-report/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:25:38 +0000 /cd8/?p=1661 March 27, 2017

Statement from the Children*s Advocate

Re: Release to media of confidential review of 14 child deaths

I am shocked and saddened that a confidential child death review completed by my office in 2014 has been unlawfully given to the media. Child death reviews completed by my office involve broad and intensive examinations of some of the most difficult circumstances Manitoba families can face. Each review details public service delivery in the life of a family and examines sensitive details surrounding deaths of children. My staff undertake these reviews with the utmost of respect and compassion for the tragedies that families have endured and as advocates for children, we attempt to write these reviews through the eyes of the child. Child death reports are strictly confidential because the death of a child should not carry an assumption that the public has a right to examine the histories of each family affected by such tragedy. As many Manitobans may be aware, there is a bill before the legislature right now that would allow my office to release some of our reports to the public, but we know that public reports will not include the degree of personal and sensitive information that is contained in the leaked report. Public disclosure of sensitive details about a family can 每 and has previously 每 resulted in increased risk for young people and their caregivers. When public discourse focuses on issues instead of individuals, systemic changes can happen.


Although much of the work undertaken by my office currently occurs behind legislated walls of privacy, one of the areas we dedicate many of our resources to is advocating for equal access to support services for children, youth, families, and communities that are in rural and remote locations in Manitoba. Too often, families in rural communities cannot access important services like domestic violence supports, addiction treatment, or are left struggling because of inadequate housing resources. With no comprehensive investments in rural communities by our provincial and federal governments, challenging situations can quickly become crisis situations, and then a child welfare agency can be left to scrabble together what meager supports they can from a scant list of accessible options in a community.


While it is understandable that when a child dies, people want a scapegoat, it is easy to simply blame a child welfare agency, but that ignores the larger community context in which the agency must provide services. Child welfare should be a system of last resort but too often what we see in Manitoba is that the longstanding denial by governments of real investments in rural communities has created an untenable chasm and families in need are unable to get the supports they require. Band-aids will not fix a broken limb, and patchwork funding will not bring about the equity of services that is needed beyond city limits. Until real investments happen, child welfare agencies will continue to sometimes be the only organization in a community that can piece together minimal supports.


Whoever leaked the confidential child death report to the media did more than just break the law. That person violated the privacy of 14 families for personal gain. They should face the consequences of exploiting the pain of 14 families who lost their children to tragic circumstances.


Darlene MacDonald, MSW, RSW

Children*s Advocate

Children*s Advocate Final Annual Report Shines Light on Lesser Known Areas of Government Care https://www.google.com//cd8/childrens-advocate-final-annual-report-shines-light-on-lesser-known-areas-of-government-care/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:36:14 +0000 /cd8/?p=1580 November 30, 2016 M E D I A R E L E A S E- Children*s Advocate Final Annual Report Shines Light on Lesser Known Areas of Government Care

MANITOBA 每 Manitoba*s children*s advocate, Darlene MacDonald, released her 2015-2016 annual report today. In addition to an overview of the office*s initiatives and activities, the report*s theme, Stepping into the Light, highlights concerns in areas of public services to children and youth which many Manitobans may not be aware even exist.


※With so many young Manitobans dependent on public services like child welfare and youth justice every day, it is vitally important that those systems constantly strive to evaluate and improve their effectiveness,§ said MacDonald, ※When the circumstances of a youth*s life brings them to the attention of these systems, strong and positive outcomes can seem out of reach. Vulnerable young people need to be able to count on all of us to rally and support them in the most effective and meaningful ways.§


Three key themes the advocate*s report focuses on include:

  • the challenge of balancing confidentiality and transparency in child welfare matters and why governments can sometimes be accused of hiding from accountability,
  • children in care sitting in uncertain states of limbo when disputes about placements arise, and
  • concerns about youth in the justice system being subjected to pepper spray and isolation.


As MacDonald concludes her second and final term as Manitoba*s advocate for children and youth in April 2017, today*s report also provides a retrospective look at key accomplishments over her tenure and areas where the work of the office will continue to evolve under its next leader. MacDonald highlights the significant internal restructuring which has occurred during her two terms as children*s advocate which has led to a stronger voice for children and youth throughout Manitoba and across Canada. She highlights the year over year increases of the numbers of youth contacting the office requesting support, the public release of a number of significant special reports, and accomplishments such as solid provincial and national partnerships which elevate the ability of the office to educate the public on the experiences of young people. MacDonald notes that a stronger public presence has also led to a strengthened position from which to advocate for improved services for children and youth across the province.


※More than anything, I am grateful to the many young people who have shared their stories with us and who have told us what they feel they need to succeed in their lives,§ said MacDonald, ※Many of those stories and ideas have inspired projects and special reports by my office, which in turn help amplify the voices of other youth as we challenge the systems to change for the better.§


The advocate*s report comes as the provincial government has indicated it will soon be introducing a bill in the legislature which will create stand-alone legislation to strengthen and expand the mandate of the Office of the Children*s Advocate, a long-awaited evolution that will allow the OCA to provide support and advocacy to many more young Manitobans.


To view the full report visit: /cd8/wp-content/uploads/OCA-2016-Annual-Report.pdf

Nov 24, 2016- Children’s Advocate releases status update of government progress on Phoenix Sinclair inquiry recommendations https://www.google.com//cd8/nov-24-2016-childrens-advocate-releases-status-update-of-government-progress-on-phoenix-sinclair-inquiry-recommendations/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:33:50 +0000 /cd8/?p=1565 November 24, 2016




Children*s Advocate Releases Status Update of Government Progress on Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Recommendations


MANITOBA 每 Nearly three years after the provincial government received the final report of the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry, only 29% of the recommendations are completed, according to a status report released today by children*s advocate, Darlene MacDonald.


※The government has been surprisingly quiet on what action they have taken to respond to the recommendations made in the final report of the inquiry,§ explained MacDonald, ※We feel the public has a right to understand what improvements are being made in the wake of Phoenix*s tragic death. We want to encourage a more transparent public conversation.§


The report, So Much Left to Do: Status Report on the 62 Recommendations from the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry, describes which recommendations have activities underway, which are not progressing, and which are considered by the government to be completed. In developing the report, the children*s advocate examined internal government documents including implementation plans, project plans, and summaries. Publicly available documents related to the inquiry were also reviewed and meetings were held with government personnel.


※This brief report is not intended to assess how effective the progress has been; more time is needed to understand if the changes being made by the government are improving the lives of children and families in Manitoba,§ explained MacDonald. ※Instead, this report is meant to provide the public with some baseline indicators and to ensure the public is provided with information updates about what changes are planned and currently underway by government.§


As of September 30, 2016, today*s report indicates that 31 (50%) of the recommendations are In Progress, 13 (21%) of the recommendations are Pending, and 18 (29%) of the recommendations are considered by government to be Complete/Complete & Ongoing with no new action planned. The following status definitions were used by the children*s advocate:


31/62 (50%)

The organization or working group responsible has reported that activities beyond initial planning are underway, and processes have been created to ensure full implementation of the recommendation within established timelines.

13/62 (21%)

The organization or working group responsible has reported some limited planning, but there is no foreseeable timeline of implementation at this time. Also includes situations where activities previously underway are now on hold.


18/62 (29%)

The organization or working group responsible has reported that they have taken all necessary steps to respond to the recommendation and no further activity is required. In some cases, initial implementation of the recommendation has occurred and includes ongoing activities.


In assigning statuses to each of the 62 recommendations, the children*s advocate noted that there were some recommendations where government claims on progress are questionable. For example, Recommendation 33 of the final report of the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry described:

That the Social Work Profession Act be:

  • amended to require that anyone who practices social work in Manitoba, under whatever title, be registered with the Manitoba College of Social Workers; and
  • proclaimed into law at the earliest possible date, following the receipt of the report of the transitional board.

While the government indicates this recommendation is complete with no further action planned, the children*s advocate notes that Commissioner Ted Hughes who oversaw the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry was explicit in calling on the government to ensure any individual providing social work-type services should be required to be registered and accountable to the professional regulatory body for social work practice in Manitoba. And yet, in April 2015, the government suddenly indicated it had only ever intended to protect the title of ※social work§ as opposed to requiring professional regulation of the actual practice. That caused an outcry from many in the public, including the Manitoba College of Social Workers, and Commissioner Hughes, who reportedly commented that, ※It must not only protect the title, but also the practice.§ Today*s report highlights that concerns remain over the government*s action on this recommendation. ※If this report was assessing and analyzing the government*s progress, we would dispute their claim that this recommendation is appropriately addressed and complete,§ noted MacDonald. ※We feel professional accountability is critical to improved service delivery, and the public has a right to know workers are well-trained and can be held to rigorous standards of practice.§

Upon releasing the final report of the inquiry to the public nearly three years ago, the government apologized for failing Phoenix and committed to ※immediately act§ on all of the recommendations from the inquiry commission. While government announcements have mentioned actions taken as a result of the inquiry since then, there have been no publicly released documents that outline the specific progress made on the recommendations. In the status report released today, the children*s advocate calls on government to regularly update the public on action being taken on each of the 62 inquiry recommendations.


To view the full report visit: /cd8/wp-content/uploads/FINAL-2016-So-Much-Left-To-Do-PSI-Status-report.pdf


About the OCA

The Office of the Children*s Advocate is an independent office of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. It represents the rights, interests, and viewpoints of children and youth throughout Manitoba who are receiving, or entitled to be receiving, services under The Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) and The Adoption Act. The office does this by advocating directly with children and youth, or on their behalf with caregivers and other stakeholders. Advocacy also involves reviewing services after the death of any young person where that young person or their family was involved with child welfare services in the year preceding the death of the child.


For more information contact:

Ainsley Krone, Manager – Communications, Research & Public Education

204-988-7475 or 1-800-263-7146

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New report: Community narratives report released today! https://www.google.com//cd8/new-report-community-narratives-report-released-today/ Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:10:45 +0000 /cd8/?p=1484 June 15, 2016 – MANITOBA – Reconciliation is not a destination, but a winding road on which we are all invited to walk, and each of us has an important role to play in healing our shared and difficult history, according to a narrative report released today by the Office of the Children*s Advocate (OCA). The years of racist and gendered violence that has been allowed to fester and grow in our communities shows its terrible face in the numbers of girls who are targeted and exploited. And despite the historical injustices, Indigenous girls on the edge of womanhood continue to thrive and to be the primary influencers of the developing generations.

The Office of the Children*s Advocate worked alongside respected Indigenous scholar, Dr. Marlyn Bennett, to gather the stories and the lessons from the community and to weave them together to create a tapestry of community narratives. The report out today is unique in many ways and highlights voices that are too often dismissed by mainstream public care systems. At times their words are empowering and gentle and at times they roil with understandable anger and passion.

For the full press release, please follow this link.

For the full narrative report (93 pages) please follow this link.

Children’s Advocate releases Phase Two report on multi-year suicide research study https://www.google.com//cd8/childrens-advocate-releases-phase-two-report-on-multi-year-suicide-research-study/ Thu, 26 May 2016 14:16:46 +0000 /cd8/?p=1467 SPECIAL REPORT 每 The Changing Face of Youth Suicide in Manitoba and the Narrow Window for Intervention: Phase Two

May 26, 2016 每 The majority of children and youth involved with child welfare in Manitoba are exhibiting known risk factors for suicide, according to a new report released today by Darlene MacDonald, Manitoba*s Children*s Advocate. However, it is important to look more deeply at what their behaviours reveal in order to better protect them from harm.

※Children and youth come to the attention of child welfare for many different reasons,§ explained MacDonald, ※and what we are seeing is that youth who are at highest risk for suicide are experiencing known risk factors for suicide more frequently, with more intensity, and for longer durations than their peers who are not dying.§

For the press release, please follow this link.

To access the full Phase Two report (20 pages), please follow this link.?

Special report on Loss & Grief released today https://www.google.com//cd8/special-report-on-loss-grief-released-today/ Tue, 10 May 2016 13:56:53 +0000 /cd8/?p=1448 SPECIAL REPORT – Don’t Call Me Resilient: What Loss & Grief Look Like for Children and Youth in Care

May 10, 2016 – In an effort to help children and youth in care come to terms with traumatic events, well-meaning adults in their lives can be hesitant to dig below the surface. Abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, living with caregivers who are struggling with addiction, all of these can be traumatic for the child and can bring a family to the attention of the child welfare system. When home conditions deteriorate and children are brought into protective care, separation from parents, siblings, community, and familiar routine can also be traumatic events. The uncertainty that can follow in the life of the child, and the powerlessness many of them feel can further exacerbate the issues of loss and grief, according to a new report released today by Darlene MacDonald, Manitoba*s Children*s Advocate.

For the press release, please follow this link.

To read or download the full report (22 pages), please follow this link.

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK MAY 2-8, 2016 https://www.google.com//cd8/mental-health-week-may-2-8-2016/ Fri, 06 May 2016 14:26:20 +0000 /cd8/?p=1441 The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) released a statement in our support of children and youth as part of?Canadian Mental Health Week 2016.

For the English release – including case examples from each member province and territory click here.

Communiqu谷 de presse – la sant谷 mentale des enfants et des jeune.

Mar 23, 2016- SPECIAL REPORT- Children Need Families, Not Courtrooms https://www.google.com//cd8/mar-23-2016-special-report-children-need-families-not-courtrooms/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:20:43 +0000 /cd8/?p=1421 SPECIAL REPORT- Children Need Families, Not Courtrooms: Alternatives to Adversarial Litigation in Child Welfare

March 23, 2016

MANITOBA – Manitoba’s child welfare system is rooted in provincial child welfare legislation. Almost every single child who is in care of the child and family services system, is a subject of legal proceedings – with all children under temporary or permanent orders, being so ordered by provincial courts. Regardless of Manitoba’s attempts to “devolve” the child welfare system through the creation of culturally appropriate aboriginal child welfare authorities and agencies, one of the criticisms that many indigenous people have leveled against the child welfare system, is that it is premised within the very same legal and court system that has facilitated colonization and assimilationist laws and practices, including the laws that facilitated and enforced the residential school system, the 60s scoop, and contemporary child welfare trends that include gross overrepresentation of indigenous children in care.

As such, the Children*s Advocate partnered with respected indigenous legal scholar, Dr. David Milward, of the University of Manitoba, to undertake some initial research examining innovative alternatives to conventional adversarial child welfare litigation. In the report released today by the Office of the Children*s Advocate, Dr. Milward provides an analysis of both the benefits and the harmful consequences of adversarial court-based approaches to addressing child welfare issues.

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For?Dr. Milward’s?full report: Children Need Families, Not Courtrooms: Alternatives to Adversarial Litigation in Child Welfare, please follow this link.