In recent years, the Director of Youth Protection (DYP) has maintained that children who are the subject of an initial report, and about whom a subsequent report is filed at a later date, are increasing in number.
When this happens, the DYP is required to intervene once again with the same family.
53% of unsubstantiated reports of negligence are re-reported after an average of 167 days.
Danny Dessureault, research professor in the Department of Psychoeducation at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, took a close look at a little-studied aspect of this issue: the situation of children for whom a report of negligence is unsubstantiated (i.e. the DYP decides that the security and development of the child are not compromised) and whose situation is then reported again.
The results show that 53% of unsubstantiated reports of negligence are re-reported after an average of 167 days. Moreover, nearly 43% of these repeat reports will be reassessed by the DYP, to decide whether the child is in a compromised situation or not. This study has served to establish the characteristics of children who are the subject of repeat reports, providing DYP caseworkers with markers for determining the risk of a repeat report occurring after closing a file.
These markers are additional factors to be taken into account when considering closing a file. They are also used to indicate any particular concerns when transferring a case to front-line services or a community organization. These results have been presented to the Directors of Youth Protection at the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec Youth Centres.