Entities: Department of Family Services, Department of Health, Department of Human Resources
Nunavut has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in Canada. The well‑being and safety of these young people, their families, and their communities is especially important in Nunavut because it is a core Inuit value.
Many children and families face social conditions such as food insecurity and a lack of housing. In addition, issues like family violence and misuse of alcohol can stem from the legacies of historical and intergenerational trauma, colonization, and residential schools. These issues put some children and families in Nunavut at risk and in need of child protection and family services.
The number of children and youth receiving child protection services is increasing, but maintaining capacity and retaining employees to deliver these services is a challenge in Nunavut.
This audit will look at key deficiencies that we identified in our 2011 and 2014 audit reports and will study new areas such as guidance and training provided to health care professionals and analyses of root causes.
This audit seeks to determine whether the Department of Family Services and the Department of Health, with the support of the Department of Human Resources, provided services to protect and support the well-being of vulnerable children and youth and their families in accordance with legislation, policy, and program requirements.