SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) – The provincial government says a computer system that would allow children’s aid societies to share information won’t be fully operational until 2020.
The computer system was the main recommendation in a coroner’s inquest into the 2002 death of five-year-old Jeffrey Baldwin.
The Toronto boy starved to death at the hands of his grandparents, whom the Catholic Children’s Aid Society had given the task of caring for him.
The coroner’s jury issued more than 100 recommendations in the case — including an urgent call for the province to fully implement the Child Protection Information Network by February of 2016.
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services responded this week, saying that while the development and testing of the network is complete, it has only been rolled out to three of 46 children’s aid societies.
Two more are expected to be using the new system by the end of March.
A year ago, the ministry said it expected seven agencies to be using the system by the summer of 2014.
The inquest heard that Jeffrey’s grandparents had both previously been convicted of abusing children.
But due to inadequate record checks and poor information sharing, no one discovered how dangerous the situation was until after the boy died.
The coroner’s inquest into Baldwin’s death didn’t get underway until 2013, after the grandparents had exhausted appeals of their convictions for second-degree murder.