In February, the ministry of children and family development predicted the rate of recurrence of child neglect and/or abuse would actually increase by 0.9 percentage points to 21 percent in fiscal 2008/09. In fact, that rate was 21.4 percent in the twelve month period leading up to December 2008. So what is Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak going to do to address that problem?
"That's where we're working in terms of changing practice. As you know, we're in development of our new practice framework. And the very first part of that relates very closely to this figure and that is a new assessment tool. And, in talking with social workers and frontline workers just this past week, that's something they're very interested to get on with," said Minister Polak.
"There are a lot of other factors involved in it," she added. "So we look at the numbers. But we also look at practice. But that's really the biggest shift that we're in the process of making in this transformation is around practice on the front line."