Recommendations of Child Death Review Committee released
Sept. 11, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The recommendations made by the Child Death Review Committee, which
reviewed the case of a child whose family was known to Child Protection Services, Department of Social
Development, have 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
"I would like to thank the Child Death Review Committee for its work on this case," said Lamrock. "Our
government will review the recommendations and consider ways in which it could improve the protection
of children. A response from this department will be released within the 45-day time limit."
The committee made three recommendations:
- that the department explore the option of an intensive in-home service program where a support worker
spends a significant amount of time daily (or 24-7, where cases warrant) providing support and/or
teaching opportunities to the client(s);
- that the department consider requesting a psychological or parenting-ability assessment earlier in the
process in cases where cognitive or parenting ability is questioned. Doing so would provide baseline
information to set short- and long-term goals, achievement indicators, and to establish a monitoring
- that medical practitioners in these types of cases be thoroughly briefed on the history of the patient(s)
and the concerns of case managers in relation to the children when in the care of, or receiving services
from, the minister. This would enable a physician to provide a fully informed conclusion and/or
diagnosis, and to take the concerns of other care/service providers into consideration.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416.