Statement by Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services on the Recommendations from the Inquest Into the Death of Jeffrey Baldwin
Today, Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services, released the following statement after submitting responses to recommendations directed to the ministry by the jury at the inquest into the death of Jeffrey Baldwin:
"Jeffrey lived and died a victim of abuse that no child should ever suffer. His death was tragic and shocked the conscience of many in our province. Children look to parents, kin and caregivers for nourishment, love and safety. Jeffrey was deprived of these basic human needs.
My highest priority as minister is the safety and security of our province's children and youth. And, while it can be difficult to come to terms with the circumstances of Jeffrey's death, it was necessary that we take an honest look at what occurred, and what needed to change. That is why I am grateful to the jury for their intensive work and thoughtful recommendations.
Much has changed in the nearly 13 years since Jeffrey's death. My ministry has learned from the inquest process and, in collaboration with our partners, we have worked hard to strengthen Ontario's child welfare system.
One year after receiving the jury's recommendations from the coroner's inquest, the ministry has implemented or is in the process of implementing 21 recommendations and is actively reviewing 21 more.
Through our ongoing efforts, we remain committed to supporting a child welfare system that is modern, accountable and builds on the progress we have made.
Once again, I appreciate the work of the jury and the recommendations they provided us. I look forward to continuing to work with the Office of Ontario's Chief Coroner, our partners in child protection and all Ontario citizens dedicated to improving the safety and wellbeing of Ontario's children and youth."