Feb. 12, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Changes to the delivery of child protection interventions were introduced in the legislative assembly today by Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.
"The safety and security of our children and young people are paramount," said Lamrock. "The changes being introduced today will improve the long-term outcomes of all families that access child protection interventions in the province."
Thirty-two new social worker positions will be created to provide these enhanced services.
"By working with families earlier to avoid problems, offering services to a group of young people who were not served by the system before, and finding options other than long-term foster care for children who cannot remain in their family home, we are ensuring that the next generation of New Brunswickers gets a good start in life," Lamrock said.
The amendments to the Family Services Act include:
This is the final phase of changes in the department's child protection reform initiative which included a review of national and international best practices in the field of child protection.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416.