Phoenix in hindsight: Two Reviews

 

(Phoenix Sinclair)

(Phoenix Sinclair)

Not a ton to say today, but simply wanted to alert PSI followers to the fact the good folks on the inquiry staff have put into the public record in full a number of different reviews and reports which were conducted into Phoenix’s death after it was discovered.

Reading them top to bottom gives you a good sense of the serious issues Child and Family Services and their clients dealt with in the pre and just-post “devolution” phase, and, naturally, the quality of case work and decision-making conducted in Phoenix’s sad case.

What I’ve found most interesting is the marked difference in tone between the two reports.

One was conducted by a commissioned child-protection expert from Ontario, Andrew Koster, and co-written Billie Schibler.

The other, also written by a veteran social worker — Jan Christianson-Wood — was authored for Manitoba Justice/ the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Read them and you’ll see what I mean about tone. Koster’s, while insightful, appears far less blunt in assessing the quality of CFS work.

In any event, it’s fascinating stuff — rare and in[hind]sightful looks at Phoenix’s case and her interactions with the CFS system.

It also bears remembering that these reviews were not shared with workers involved in Phoenix’s case. By and large they only saw them — and then only in bits — in their preparation for the inquiry.

Virtually all, to my memory, said they wished they had been.

I tend to agree they should have been disclosed to them — and to the public too, at least in some form.

More to come on this at a later date.

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