News Release - February 9, 2011
SOCIAL SERVICES RESPONDS TO INQUEST RECOMMENDATIONS
Social Services will continue to implement changes within its Child and Family Services Division and is taking steps beyond those recommended by a coroner's jury to better care for and support children in care, along with their families and caregivers.
"The death of the child who was the subject of this inquest is a tragedy, and my heart goes out to his family," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "We must, and we will, do better. The actions the ministry has taken since 2009, and the further measures we are announcing today, are all directed at improving the safety and well-being of children in care."
The ministry has taken a number of steps since the child's death. A few examples include:
In addition, Social Services will undertake a number of new initiatives specifically in response to the recommendations from the coroner's jury, including:
These and other initiatives have helped reduce the number of children in foster homes with more than four children by nearly 50 per cent and resulted in a reduction in children coming into care for the first time in at least a decade.
"Though we have made progress, clearly more needs to be done," Draude said. "At the same time that the recommendations from the inquest are being implemented, the Cabinet Committee on Children and Youth continues its work on reviewing the Child Welfare Review Panel's report and developing a comprehensive, cross-government action plan that will better serve Saskatchewan children and their families."
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