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BC's Child and Youth representative has released a scathing report on the life of an 11-year old boy who was tasered by police in 2011.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafonde says the Ministry of Children and Family Development made serious errors that left the child subject to abuse and neglect, both in his birth home and subsequent residential placements.
The aboriginal child with complex special needs was subject to 15 moves after entering into government care, and Turpel- Lafonde says police were called too often to help control his behaviour.
She says the child was often locked in a so-called "safe room", which repeatedly re-traumatized him.
She says that practise has to end.
She says the tasering incident, and most of the 22 critical injuries reported about the child could have been prevented had the ministry invested in a proper residential care system with trained and qualifed staff.
She says the ministry has to act to prevent a repeat of this story.
The child remains in government care.
N-D-P critic Claire Trevena says the report is appalling and the Liberals are to blame.
"The representative has certain recommendations and some which have to be acted on....the fact that a child can be isolated in this way is fundamentally against their human rights, but it shows there's been a ministry in turmoil for many many years."
For her part, Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux is promising to adopt all of the report's recommendations.
"This case is tragic and you can't read the report without feeling a sense of great disappointment, heartbreak and in fact anger....it is clear from this report that decisions were made throughout this child's life that were not in his best interest."
Cadieux says the ministry will immediately stop sanctioning isolation rooms, and will open six new beds at the maples treatment facility for children in care with complex special needs.