Creating the Web of Advocacy. Manitoba Office of the Children's Advocate 2016-2017 Annual Report. April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
Manitoba Office of the Children's Advocate.
Manitoba Office of the Children's Advocate
346 Portage Ave Unit 100
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0C3, Tel: (204) 988-7440 1-800-263-7146
Fax: (204) 988-7472
This annual report discusses the activities and accomplishments of the Office of Children's Advocate (OCA) in Manitoba, Canada in 2016-2017. It begins with a review of new legislation that with extent the mission of the OCA to children and youth receiving a number of publicly services and rename the OCA the Advocate for Children and Youth Office. An overview is then provided of OCA's advocacy and special investigation initiatives and activities, including: public education presentations, training, and committee participation; preparation for the pending legislative changes; quality assurance activities; special reports on systemic issues such as the needs of Indigenous girls, loss and grief in children and youth in care, and progress on the 62 recommendations from the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry; and a study on youth suicide. Following sections report OCA started the 2016-2017 year with 177 active cases in the child and youth advocacy services program. During the year, an additional 2,581 cases were opened. Throughout the year 2,552 cases were resolved and closed, which left 206 active cases at year-end carried into the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Top child and family services-related concerns are listed by category. In addition, OCA began the fiscal year in April 2016 with a total of 38 outstanding special investigation reviews. OCA was notified of 148 Manitoba child deaths that occurred during the 2016-2017 fiscal year, and 53 met the criteria for review. OCA completed 47 special investigation reviews and had 44 to carry over to 2017-2018. Top concerns for special investigations are listed by category. An executive summary is provided in French and several other languages.
Manitoba; Canada; child advocacy; child fatalities; foster children; permanency; suicide; child welfare services; child welfare reform; mental health services