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Judge Hughes Reports
April 7, 2006 permalink
Scandal over the death of Sherry Charlie in foster care prompted the government of British Columbia to impanel a review led by retired judge Ted Hughes. Today his report BC Children and Youth Review was published. In obtuse bureaucratic language he made 62 recommendations, all for changes within the bureaucracy. There is provision for changing the bureaucratic reaction to a child death, but the changes do not include disclosure of the case file of the dead child. The terms "mother" and "father" do not appear in the recommendations. Scandal is not enough to cause real reform of the child protection juggernaut.