Stepping Into the Light. Manitoba Office of the Children's Advocate 2015-2016 Annual Report. April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.
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 2015-2016. It begins with a review of work done by advocacy services and special investigation review services. It discusses: visits made by OCA to address specific cases, connect with residential facilities for children in care, participate in community outreach or presentations, or to attend conferences; special reports on systemic issues such as barriers to long-term success for youth in care with complex needs, permanency beyond foster care, and alternatives to adversarial litigation in child welfare; a study on youth suicide; quality assurance activities; the advocacy services program; top child and family services-related concerns; and the special investigations review program. It notes OCA started the 2015-2016 year with 206 active cases in the child and youth advocacy services program. During the year, an additional 2,546 cases were opened. Throughout the year 2,575 cases were resolved and closed, which left 177 active cases at year-end carried into the 2016-2017 fiscal year. In addition, OCA began the fiscal year in April 2015 with a total of 28 outstanding special investigation reviews. OCA was notified of 160 Manitoba child deaths that occurred during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and 61 met the criteria for review. OCA completed 52 special investigation reviews and had 37 to carry over to 2016-2017. The report closes with a discussion of the themes of balancing confidentiality and transparency, the effects of the foster parent appeal process, and mental health and other needs of youth in custody.
Manitoba; Canada; child advocacy; child fatalities; foster children; residential care institutions; permanency; suicide; child welfare services; child welfare reform; mental health services