FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2016
SCAR RAISING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING GOFORTH DECISION
The Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) is raising questions in regard to the Ministry of Social Services role in the Goforth tragedy. “What lessons have we learned from other similar Ministry failures?” asked SCAR advocate Bob Hughes who represented a family in a Coroner’s Inquest in 2011 into the 2009 death of their three year old child who died in foster care. “Had the recommendations of that Coroner’s jury been implemented, the Goforth tragedy would not have been allowed to happen and there would have been no need for the recent trial,” said Hughes, “That is an extremely sad fact!”
SCAR is pleased that the Goforth family at least had the opportunity to seek justice through the courts. This is in stark contrast to the family that we represented who were unsuccessful in having charges brought against the foster parents for the negligence that resulted in their son’s death. “That, too, is an extremely sad commentary on the ‘fairness’ of our so-called justice system,” stated Hughes.
SCAR is asking that the Ministry immediately implement the January 2011 Coroner’s Inquest recommendations into their daily practice. SCAR is also calling for the Ministry’s resources to be shifted to support families in crisis and to assist children to remain in the care of their parents wherever possible.
Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism