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Council of Ministers welcomes Commission of Inquiry Report on Care of Young People 4 May 2006

THE Council of Ministers has welcomed the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Care of Young People published today (Thursday, May 4, 2006).

The independent Inquiry, chaired by Mark Everall QC, was commissioned by the Council of Ministers in October 2004 following the deaths of two young people Samantha Barton and George Green.

Consisting of more than 400 pages, the report includes 132 recommendations on the Island’s care and support systems for young people with behavioural and emotional problems.

Chief Minister Donald Gelling MLC commented:

‘On behalf of the Council of Ministers I welcome this document and would like to thank Mr Everall and his team for producing such a comprehensive report. While it does contain criticism, it also recognises positive aspects. It concludes that none of the actions or failures by Government departments or agencies led directly to the deaths of these young people.’
‘Many of the recommendations are already in place or underway. However, the Government takes the report, and the issues it raises, very seriously indeed. It is vital that we learn as much as possible from these tragic deaths. The recommendations deserve careful consideration, but given the public interest in this matter it is also important that Government should produce a response as soon as practical.’

The Chief Minister added:

‘As we have said all along, the outcome of the inquiry will inform the work of the Government’s Children and Young People’s Strategy, which has already made considerable progress in addressing youth issues. In the meantime there are established processes for Departments to consider any staffing issues arising from the report.’

Tynwald will have an opportunity to debate the report at its sitting starting on May 16, when the Chief Minister is due to move a motion noting its publication. The motion will also confirm that the Council of Ministers takes the findings seriously, will give detailed consideration to the recommendations, and will provide a progress report for Tynwald by July this year.

It is expected that the Council of Ministers’ consideration of the report will be carried out through its Social Policy Committee, which incorporates the Children and Young People’s Strategy, and its Governance Committee.

The Commission of Inquiry's Report can be download free of charge from the Commission's website at: www.gov.im/cso/commission/findings.xml

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