BILL 25

An Act to Amend the Family Services Act

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, enacts as follows:

1Section 11 of the Family Services Act, chapter F-2.2 of the Acts of New Brunswick, 1980, is amended

(a)by adding after subsection (2) the following:

11(2.1)The Minister may permit the release of confidential information, without the consent of a person from whom the information was obtained and to whom the information relates, to a person or persons appointed by the Minister

(a)to review the circumstances surrounding the death of a child under the age of majority who was in the care of the Minister under Part IV or who was known to the child protection system in the twelve months before the child's death, and

(b)to make recommendations to the Minister as a result of such review to enable the Minister to improve the manner in which the Minister exercises his or her powers, duties, authority or functions under this Act and the regulations under this Act in relation to children who are in the care of the Minister under Part IV or who are known to the child protection system.

11(2.2)A person referred to in subsection (2.1) shall not release, or permit or cause to be released, confidential information without the consent of the person from whom the information was obtained and to whom the information relates.

(b)in subsection (4) by striking out "subsection (3)" and substituting "subsection (2.2) or (3)".

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Section 1

This amendment enables the Minister to release confidential information to a person or persons who have been appointed by the Minister to review the circumstances surrounding the death of a child under the age of nineteen years and who was in the care of the Minister under Part IV of the Family Services Act or known to the child protection system in the twelve months before the child's death.

The persons who receive such confidential information are prohibited from releasing such information unless the person from whom the information was obtained and to whom the information relates consents to the release.

Chapter Outline Update

Section 1

No change required.

Endorse: Hon. Russell H. T. King


Last Modified: 11:56am , December 22, 1997