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Minister of Health and Social Services accepts Auditor General recommendations

YELLOWKNIFE (March 4 2014) –Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy has accepted all recommendations from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) Report on Child and Family Services.  “The wellbeing of children and families is a priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories,” said Minister Abernethy. 

The OAG undertook a review of Child and Family Services in the Northwest Territories. The OAG Audit was to determine whether the Department of Health and Social Services (HSS) and HSS Authorities adequately met their key responsibilities for the protection and wellbeing of children, youth and their families.

Eleven recommendations were made by the Auditor General which pointed to a number of deficiencies in the management of child protection.  “Since assuming the Health and Social Services portfolio, I have directed the department to take aggressive action on issues identified by the Standing Committee on Social Programs during the 16thLegislative Assembly,” said Minister Abernethy.  “The recommendations of the OAG confirm that we are moving in the right direction to reform the system in the best interests of our children.”

As a first step, the Minister has instructed the Department of Health and Social Services to take immediate action in a number of areas identified by the audit.

The Minister also said that transformative changes to the child and family services system are a priority.  “I hope to meet with the Standing Committee on Social Programs to present a work plan that responds to the Auditor General’s recommendations and, more importantly, to discuss how we move forward together,” said Minister Abernethy.

For more information:

Umesh Sutendra
Acting Manager, Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-3368