B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Families has missed its own deadline for a promise made in the wake of a report on a troubled teen named Paige.
Five months ago, government promised to create a rapid response team to protect at-risk kids on the Downtown Eastside by Wednesday, the end of September.
Judy McGuire with the Inner City Safe Society says that hasn’t happened.
“Nothing has yet been announced. They’ve now announced again that they are going to announce it soon, but that’s not actually a response.”
The children’s watchdog’s report on Paige last spring detailed how social workers and others neglected her during her tragic life.
She died at the age of 19 after aging out of care of a drug overdose on the Downtown Eastside.
Ministry changes its tune
Hours after ministry staff confirmed the team was not yet up and running, a spokesperson told CKNW Thursday afternoon he has spoken too soon, that workers are actually already on the ground.
Checking back with McGuire, she says that’s news to her.
“I talked to one of the youth workers this morning. She hadn’t heard anything. None of us has received any kind of email notice. So, if they’re working, I don’t know who with, but they are not working with the people who are working with the kids.”