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Tasmanian Ombudsman - Investigation into a complaint about Child and Family Services

on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 14:54
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Tasmanian Ombudsman - Investigation into a complaint about Child and Family Services

Investigation into a complaint about the conduct of kinship assessments (and related matters) by Child and Family Services

A copy of the report can be found here.

After the report was finalised, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services provided additional information on the implementation of the recommendations contained within the report.

Recommendation One:

  • All southern region staff were provided with formal training on the importance of family connections and the guidelines that are in place on this matter.
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After Hours Emergency Services Policy for Child Protection Services

on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 10:34
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After Hours Emergency Services Policy for Child Protection Services

 

Department of Health and Human Services

Children and youth services

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After Hours Emergency Services Policy for Child Protection Services

 

Effective From

 

Functional Sub Group

Office of the Director, Children and Youth Services Operations

Summary

This Policy applies to Child Protection staff and is used to provide clear direction for the provision of after-hours emergency services in compliance with broader agency policies, and legislation requirements.

Replaces Doc. No.

Protocol 9: After Hours Service – Where a child is a client of both CPS and CYJS

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Children’s Aid Society funding model with “perverse incentives” set to change this year

on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 14:08
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Children’s Aid Society funding model with “perverse incentives” set to change this year
Ontario is instituting a new formula includes socioeconomic factors, after news broke of Peel’s CAS decision.

A new funding formula for Ontario children’s aid societies will not have the same ties to service volumes that critics say encourage “perverse incentives.”

Critics point to the current funding model — which is based on historical projections — as the reason one children’s aid society seemingly urged staff to keep files open to secure government funding.

A leaked internal memo from Peel Children’s Aid Society asked staff not to close any cases in March and complete as many investigations

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Letter to Yvonne Fritz Minister of Children and Youth Services Legislature Office

on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 09:55

Thank you for all that you do. I am so sorry for your loss. Your determination gives me hope. My son Gunnar shares the same birthday as your Lukey, September 22. But my son was born in 2005. We are an ex Metis foster family from Alberta, Canada and we are still in shock at the dysfunction of the system and the ignorance of our society. I would like to share our story, so I will try and attach an emotional letter I wrote to our Minister of Children and Youth Services (Fritz). It started out as 63 pages....so I had to down size Hope you can follow it. Blessings, Cathy xo

Wade & Cathy Evarts

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Former foster child claims abuse Luzerne County Children and Youth Services

on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 08:24
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Severe physical attacks, extensive physical labor, and two meals a day.

That's what a 19-year-old man says he suffered from 2004 to 2008 while in the care of several foster homes, leaving him with physical limitations. He filed a civil complaint in federal court Friday against Luzerne County Children and Youth Services, accusing the agency of ignoring his grievances.

The plaintiff, identified as "T.A.P." in the complaint, and his brother were removed from their father's custody in October 2004 after Freeland police answered a call that the boys had been stealing and begging for food.

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Mark Byrne CEO, Children and Youth Services

on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 22:27

AUDIT RECOMMENDATIONS BEING IMPLEMENTED


Tasmania’s Children and Youth Services has already implemented several of the recommendations of an audit into services by the Commissioner for Children, released today.

CEO of Children and Youth Services, Mark Byrne, said the 2010 audit contained a number of beneficial recommendations which had either been implemented or were in the process of being implemented.
“We have taken the recommendations as constructive suggestions and have set about putting them into action,” he said.
“Of the recommendations, four have been implemented and the remainder