The chief coroner of Ontario says he supports the recommendations of his expert panel that studied the deaths of children in care of welfare agencies.
The report looked into the death of 12 youth in care, and has five recommendations, including
improved access to mental health services.
Dirk Huyer explains the report shows high-risk youth need a system of care that is “integrated and coordinated that provides them the ability to lead their lives to the fullest.”
The chief coroner believes the panel has done a careful and thoughtful review of the deaths.
Meantime, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief will propose that a committee be set up to ensure recommendations of the “scathing report” are put into law.
Alvin Fiddler adds, the “report shows the urgent need for change in the care of at-risk youth.”
The provincial government says it’s ready to act on some of the recommendations contained in the coroners report.
Minister for Children, Community and Social Services, Lisa McLeod, says the buck stops with her, and she promises to take immediate action.
You can view the report below.