Mr. Ted Hughes, Q.C., has been appointed to conduct an independent review of the child protection system for British Columbia.
Mr. Hughes will examine and make recommendations to improve:
- The system for the review of child deaths, including how the reviews are internally addressed,
- Advocacy for children and youth,
- Monitoring and publicly reporting of the government’s performance in protecting and providing services for children and youth in British Columbia, and
- The public reporting of child death reviews to ensure that it balances the need for public accountability with the privacy interests of the families and others involved.
The review should consider the roles and responsibilities of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Child and Youth Officer, the Chief Coroner, the Ombudsman, the Public Guardian and Trustee, and any other agencies that may be involved, and any related matters that Mr. Hughes sees fit.