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Edmonton…The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released reviews into the circumstances of 10 young people, nine of whom passed away between April 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020. This report also includes a young person who passed away prior to this time, but whose review was delayed in order to ensure that his family did not experience undue hardship.
“Each of these young people experienced unique challenges and circumstances. My thoughts are with those who love them and are experiencing the profound impact of their loss,” said Del Graff, Child and Youth Advocate. “As we continue to grapple with the pandemic, we must also continue to prioritize young people’s well-being and ensure that services and supports are responsive and flexible enough to meet their needs.”
The mandatory reviews also includes two new recommendations:
Mandatory reporting increases accountability and transparency for government systems, benefitting both young people and their families involved with child intervention. Mandatory reporting also builds public confidence through identifying gaps, barriers and opportunities in systems that serve Albertans.
A copy of the report is available here: ocya.alberta.ca/adult/publications/investigative-review/.
The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is an independent office of the Legislature of Alberta. We stand up for young people receiving designated government services.
Office of the Child and Youth Advocate of Alberta
C: 780-499-3601; [email protected]
On July 1, 2018, the Child Protection and Accountability Act expanded the mandate of the Advocate to publicly report on the death of a young person involved with Child Intervention Services, as a child in
need of intervention at the time of their death, or within two years of their death. Prior to changes these legislative changes, reporting on such deaths focused only on cases in which systemic issues were identified.
Demographic information on the ten young people
Information about recommendations, responses to recommendations and progress on implementation can be found at the following:
Previously released OCYA Investigative Reviews are posted at:
The Ministry of Children’s Services publicly responds to recommendations at:
The OCYA regularly reports on the progress of recommendations at: