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Panel of Experts to Conduct Review of Residential Service System

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Panel of Experts to Conduct Review of Residential Service System

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

The panel members have collective expertise in the areas of child and youth residential and community-based services; child and youth development; complex and special needs; mental health; youth justice; child welfare; academic and evidence-based research associated with child and youth residential services; and public administration.

Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi

Dr. Gharabaghi is the Director of the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University in Toronto. He spent 25 years working in residential services across Ontario, where he held direct service, management and executive positions in child welfare, children's mental health and youth homelessness organizations. Dr. Gharabaghi has published seven books and nearly 200 other academic and professional writings on child and youth care practice, residential care and treatment, and organizational and system change processes. His research includes comparative work on residential care in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and South Africa.

Deborah Newman

Deborah Newman held the position of Deputy Minister in the Ontario Public Service from 2005 to 2015, serving as Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Deputy Minister of Correctional Services and Deputy Minister of Community Safety. Deborah's career encompasses over 35 years of public service in Ontario and Alberta in front-line, management and executive roles. As Assistant Deputy Minister of Youth Justice Services, she led the transformation of services for youth in conflict with the law in Ontario, including the implementation of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the creation of a dedicated system for young people.

Dr. Nico Trocmé

Dr. Trocmé, the Philip Fisher Chair in Social Work and Director of the McGill School of Social Work, is recognized as one of Canada's leading child welfare scholars. Author of over 150 scientific publications and recipient of over 25 million dollars in research funding, Dr. Trocmé has been leading a series of studies examining reports of child abuse and neglect and child welfare services and policies across Canada. Dr. Trocmé has acted as a child welfare policy consultant to several provincial governments and Aboriginal organizations, and has presented expert evidence at a number of inquests and tribunals.

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