The lawyer representing a mom whose case triggered a review of BC’s child welfare system is slamming a report by a former civil servant into the affair.
Jack Hittrich represents a woman only known as J.P., who’s four children were granted unsupervised visits with their sexually abusive dad.
The case triggered a review by former bureaucrat Bob Plecas.
But Hittrich calls the report disappointing, writing it has seems to be shuffling blame on to B.C.’s children’s advocate, and has “virtually nothing to do with the J.P. case.”
And he says it specifically fails to hold the social workers in J.P.’s case, who deliberately did not follow best practices, responsible for their actions.
“The J.P. case is not a situation where social workers were trying to do their best and are being vilified for honest errors. The J.P. case is one of refusing to believe the cries of a protecting mother, deliberately ignoring court orders, misleading both the Provincial Court and the Supreme Court, attempting to keep documents out of files, and a continued insistence that they had done nothing wrong in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”
Hittrich says the report does nothing to make his client feel confident children will be safer.