NL to be without Child and Youth Advocate in weeks: Rogers asks for government plans
In just over three weeks, the province’s Child and Youth Advocate’s contract will expire. NDP Children, Seniors and Social Development Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) wants to know what government is doing to fill this vital role, or whether the province can expect a gap in service. The advocate represents the rights, interests and viewpoints of children and youth who use provincial government services and programs.
“Carol Chafe, the Child and Youth Advocate, is stepping down after six years of intensive and courageous work on behalf of the children and youth of our province. Her last day is December 15 – less than a month away,” Rogers said during Question Period in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Minister how long has she known the Advocate was stepping down?
“What has she done to start the process to find a new replacement?
“How long will it take the Independent Appointments Commission to find her replacement?”
Rogers points to the valuable work Chafe has done during her six years, particularly in the area of child death investigations, and her repeated calls for improved legislation for mandatory reporting of serious incidents.
She says she would like the Minister to explain what she is planning to do to fill the vacant position of the Child and Youth Advocate until a new Advocate is found.