Earlier, we reported child and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has a number of unanswered questions about British Columbia's increasing "rate of recurrence" of maltreatment by abusive families. But that's not her only concern following the release of the ministry's latest service plan which includes another reduction in the number of performance measures - dropping them from 13 to nine. Speaking with Public Eye, Ms. Turpel-Lafond stated, "I am very concerned that the government has said every ministry is only allowed six. And that's probably not appropriate in a children's ministry where we really need performance measures to address a range of issues around the safety and well-being of children."
"I can understand why the government says limit our performance measures," she continued. "But, when it comes to kids, there are some key nationally and internationally accepted performance measures that they are not embracing. And that's not what Hughes said. Hughes said get them, monitor them, report regularly, know the impact of what you're doing and strengthen it...These are fundamental issues. How do we know if service transformation - and whatever that is - is going to take us toward these things. And this is why I'm going to be pushing for an annualized report on the state of the child."