Social Development

Recommendation of Child Death Review Committee released (09/08/27)

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Aug. 27, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The recommendation made by the Child Death Review Committee, which reviewed the case of a newborn whose parents were known to Child Protection Services, Department of Social Development, has been released by Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.

The committee investigates the deaths of children younger than 19 years, who were in the legal care of the minister, or whose families were in contact with the child protection system within 12 months prior to the child's death.

"I will issue a response to the committee's recommendation within 45 days of making it public," said Lamrock. "I would like to thank the Child Death Review Committee for its review of this case and its recommendation. Our government will consider all recommendations that improve our child welfare system."

The committee made one recommendation: that the Department of Social Development explore what actions would or should be available to the minister when it is suspected that a person, especially one known to the department, is pregnant or appears to be hiding a pregnancy, and that this action may prove harmful either to themselves or to the baby once delivered.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416.

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