Number of B.C. kids-in-care deaths, critical injuries jump dramatically

I am shocked and disgusted with these numbers and the lack of response from the previous Liberal government and I want to know what the current NDP/Green government are doing to change things for the most vulnerable in our province. It’s obvious that whatever the ministry is doing isn’t working. Please note in the chart below that “2016 stats are only for first 6 months of the year.” These numbers are outrageous! Click here or on the pdf file to read the full article or an excerpt below.

If the Representative for Children and Youth can only make recommendations, who has the power to make changes? Can the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth mandate changes?

120 in care or receiving services from the B.C. government died last year, and more than 740 received “critical injuries,” according to a new tally by the children’s advocate.

Deaths jumped from 72 in 2008 to 120 last year, while critical injuries skyrocketed from 120 to 741.

Richard’s office received reports of 3,048 critical injuries and 885 deaths of children with links to the ministry between 2008 and 2016. Critical injures can include attempted suicide, emotional trauma, assaults and accidents.

B.C. children's death graphicT

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