A government review of a botched child welfare case will be delayed.
A report from retired civil servant Bob Plecas was supposed to be released this spring, but that likely won’t happen until early summer.
The review was ordered after a B.C. Supreme Court judge blasted social workers for ignoring an order to keep children in one Lower Mainland family away from a sexually abusive father… a case the province is appealing.
The mother in the case — known as J.P. — has tried to stop the review, first appealing to the Privacy Commissioner and then the courts.
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Those attempts were unsuccessful.
Plecas says those efforts have pushed back the start date for the work by one child welfare expert, which was supposed to begin in the fall, and now due to scheduling conflicts won’t begin until late Spring.
Plecas’ review into this specific case is the second report he will deliver for the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
His first report, which came out in December, called for an end to the “blame game” and for increased funding… something the province delivered in yesterday’s budget.