A summary of the roles and responsibilities of the Coroners Service, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Ombudsman, the Provincial Health Officer, the Public Guardian and Trustee and the Representative for Children and Youth in the review of critical injuries and deaths of children in British Columbia. This report describes how these public agencies collaborate to strengthen the system of supports for vulnerable children and youth.
In November 2005, the Honourable Ted Hughes was appointed to conduct an independent review of British Columbia’s child protection system. More than 70 individuals with special expertise and over 300 child welfare groups contribute to the review. Five months later, he submitted the B.C. Children and Youth Review to the provincial government. The review contained 62 recommendations for changes to the child welfare system, including the creation of an independent advocacy and oversight body – the Representative for Children and Youth.