The Minister of Health and Social Services tabled the Annual Report of the Director of Child and Family Services 2017-2018 yesterday in the Legislative Assembly.
The annual report presents statistics and highlights trends in the delivery of child and family services across the Northwest Territories. Similar to previous reports, the 2017-2018 report presents data on children in the temporary and permanent custody of the Director, the number of children placed in permanent custody for purposes of adoption, and information on plan of care agreements and all voluntary support services agreements.
The report shows that over the past 10 years, more children and youth receiving services are remaining in the care of their parents, while the proportion of children being removed from their homes and communities is decreasing.
The rate of children and families receiving support through Voluntary Services Agreements has also increased significantly over the past ten years. Voluntary Services Agreements are designed to strengthen families and support the healthy development and wellness of children and youth.
The annual report completed by the Department in collaboration with the Authorities, also acknowledged a concern with compliance rates of some services across the Child and Family Services System. While there were some audit items in which there was a positive degree of compliance, there were a number of areas where compliance rates were low. Highlighting these challenges within the Child and Family Services System is a key component of the annual Director’s report and allows the Department of Health and Social Services and Authorities to build on the work of the past four years to transform the Child and Family Services system , and to take immediate action to further improve the system.
The Child and Family Services Act states that the Director of Child and Family Services must prepare and submit an annual report to the Minister of Health and Social Services. The report is due every year to the Minister on October 1.
“Protecting children from abuse and neglect, and providing services aimed at keeping families healthy, safe and intact, are fundamental priorities for this government. This year’s Director’s report shows that more children are remaining in the care of their parents while receiving services. Although most trends are positive, we know we have significant work to do in a number of areas to do better. ”
-Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services
Annual Report of the Director of Child and Family Services 2017-2018
In the past 10 years, there is an increasing trend of:
- The rate of youth between the ages of 16-18 receiving services
- The rate of children and youth are remaining in their home while receiving services
- The rate of children receiving Voluntary Service Agreements
In the past 10 years, there is a decreasing trend of:
- Rate of children between the ages of 0-15 receiving services
- The proportion of children removed from their home and community.
- The rate of children with a court order (supervision order, temporary custody order, and permanent custody order)
- The rate of children in the permanent care of the Director
- The proportion of Non-indigenous children receiving services
In the past 10 years, there has not been a significant change in:
- The proportion of First Nation, Inuit, and Metis children who are receiving services
- The rate of children in Out-of-Territory Placements
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