Child and Youth Advocate urgently needed in wake of Auditor General’s report

HALIFAX – Following a scathing report from Auditor General Kim Adair, the NSNDP is calling on the Houston government to immediately take action to set up the Child and Youth Advocate promised in this spring’s budget. The Public Accounts Committee will review Adair’s report today.

The Auditor General’s report found that use of Temporary Emergency Arrangements has risen dramatically in recent years, from 36 to 138 in five years time. The average length of stay in these arrangements is over eight months when they’re met to be used only for periods of up to four days.

The Houston government tabled legislation in March to create an Office for Children and Youth but without any timelines or budget commitment.

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