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Child and Youth Advocate releases investigative review involving the death of a child

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate has completed an Investigative Review regarding the death of a child and is publicly releasing the results of the review as outlined under the Child and Youth Advocate Act.

Eight-year-old “Ella” who had severe global development delays, was found unresponsive in a group home and was transported to hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Although an autopsy determined she died as a result of an overdose of sleeping medication it could not be determined what led to the toxic levels to be in her system.

“Ella’s circumstances have raised questions about the need for improved awareness of existing protocols, the handling of children with complex needs, and medication management for children in care,” said Del Graff. “It is important that the recommendations in this report are implemented to prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future.”

The intent of an Investigative Review is not to find fault with specific individuals, but to identify and advocate for system improvements that will help enhance the overall safety and well-being of children and young people who are receiving designated services.

A copy of the Investigative Review and recommendations are available on our website: http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/ adult/publications/ investigative-review/

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is an independent Office of the Legislature, representing the rights, interests and viewpoints of children and young people receiving designated government services.

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