Late last month, child and youth officer Jane Morley released her report into the "timelines, changes to terms of reference, and other matters relating to the director's case review" of Sherry Charlie's death. Among its findings: the fact many of those at children and family development believe case reviewers should have "the scope to deal with issues that come up" during an investigation rather than being hamstrung by their terms of reference. But, according to Ms. Morley, "not all those with experience considered that the scope of reviews should be very broad." Her example: Clara Robbins, the former manager of the ministry of children and family development's case review unit, who told the child and youth officer "that 'scope creep' was always a concern and the terms of reference could be too broad. She though that to go back to look at the practice issues relating to old intakes would be a 'a real fishing expedition.'" An interesting view - especially since Ms. Robbins is presently serving as the research and analysis director for Ted Hughes's B.C. Children and Youth Review which is looking into "the review process for child deaths, including how results of reviews are internally addressed."
March 6, 2006