Saskatchewan’s opposition NDP says the annual report released by Saskatchewan’s new Advocate for Children and Youth shows the Sask. Party continues to fail vulnerable children throughout the province.
“This report shows the continuation of some troubling trends under the Sask. Party,” said NDP Social Services Critic Nicole Rancourt. “The continued consequences of the Sask. Party’s broken promises are clear throughout the report,” Rancourt said. “We still have children living in hotels, kids are still being seriously injured and even dying while in care.”
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According to the report, the number of kids in care has risen to 4,946 and 38 of the children have suffered critical injuries and 21of them passed away while in care – 15 of whom were five years old or younger.
The NDP says the Sask. Party has taken no meaningful action in its Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Mental Health Action Plan, or the Early Years Plan adding there are no adequate mental health and psychiatric supports for those living in northern Saskatchewan.