POLITICS

Newfoundland and Labrador committee issues review of four child deaths

05/08/2015 03:02 EDT | Updated 05/08/2016 05:59 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A committee in Newfoundland and Labrador that reviews all deaths of children who are receiving protective services has released a series of recommendations following the recent, unrelated deaths of four children.

The Child Death Review Committee says two of the children died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, but has released few other details.

In the first case, the committee recommends the departments of Public Health and Child, Youth and Family Services review how they identify SIDS risk factors and screen families who are considered to be at a higher risk.

In the second case, the committee says Child, Youth and Family Services should work with Community Health and the Innu of Labrador to develop a campaign to increase awareness of SIDS.

The third case involved a child who died as a result of asthma.

In that case, the committee is recommending children in the care of Child Youth and Family Services who reach the age of 16 and elect to sign out of care should be assessed for their ability to care for themselves.

As well, the committee says a safety plan should be developed for children who have challenges that could put their safety at risk.

The fourth child died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The committee says the Education Department should set up a program to warn high school students about the dangers of the poisonous gas.