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Minister promises directive to Children's Aid Societies after auditor report

TORONTO — The minister who oversees Ontario's Children's Aid Societies says she's disappointed a previous ministerial directive that caseworkers check the child abuse register isn't always being followed — so she'll issue another.

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk reported Wednesday that in more than half of the cases she reviewed where a child had suffered abuse or there was an allegation of abuse, Children's Aid Societies weren't checking the child abuse register to see if there was a history of abuse within the family.

Children and Youth Services Minister Tracy MacCharles says she is very concerned those checks aren't happening as often as they should.

She says the ministry previously issued a directive on it to all Children's Aid Societies in the province, so she will issue another directive and follow up "very soon."

MacCharles couldn't say why she thought a new directive would be effective if the previous one wasn't, saying she is "considering all the tools" available to her, though she wouldn't elaborate.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says a minister can make "all the directives under the sun," but unless she makes sure they're being implemented, "they're not worth the paper that they're written on."

The Canadian Press

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