Statistics - Children Involved with the Ministry of Children & Family Development

The ministry gathers statistics, analyzes them and produces reports on service trends and outcomes associated with services provided to children and families.

This information is gathered from the ministry's electronic information system and is updated regularly.

The following statistics show the number of fatalities of children in care, as well as those receiving other ministry services (since 2003). Active collection of these statistics have been occurring since 1996. Data collected from 1996-2002 is available upon request.

Fatalities of Children in Care & Receiving Services Under the CFCSA - by Calendar Year

Year
Natural
Accident
Homicide
Suicide
Undetermined[i]
Total
         
Open
Closed
 
2003
5
4
0
2
0
1
12
2004
10
1
0
1
0
2
14
2005
4
2
1
0
0
2
9
2006
7
3
0
0
1
2
13
2007
2
4
0
0
2
1
9
2008
6
5
2
2
0
0
15
2009
8
1
0
1
1
0
11
2010
5
3
0
0
5
0
13
2011
6
1
0
2
0
1
10
2012 6 6 0 2 1 0 15[ii]
2013 2 2 2 2 0 1 9[ii]
2014 6 3 0 4 0 1 14[iv]
2015 [iv] 1 3 2 3 2 0 11

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Fatalities of Children Receiving Services (Not In Care) Under the CFCSA - by Calendar Year

Year
Natural
Accident
Homicide
Suicide
Undetermined
Total
         
Open
Closed
 
2003
33
16
0
5
1
8
63
2004
50
11
1
3
1
4
70
2005
46
9
2
1
0
6
64
2006
57
12
6
3
2
5
85
2007
64
10
1
6
2
5
88
2008
46
12
3
1
16
4
82
2009
44
11
3
3
15
2
78
2010
38
12
1
5
6
1
63
2011
40
16
2
2
6
2
69[iii]
2012 61 20 1 7 6 1 96
2013 53 10 2 7 0 8 80[ii]
2014 38 10 6 4 3 4 65[iv]
2015 [iv] 66[v] 17 4 11 9 1 110[iv]

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The Ministry of Children & Family Development verifies child fatality categories of death with the Office of the Chief Coroner of British Columbia. The categorization of a fatality may change as a death is investigated or new information becomes available.


i. In the “undetermined” category, “open” indicates a case is still under investigation by the Coroner; “closed” indicates the Coroner’s investigation is complete and, due to insufficient evidence or inability to determine, the death cannot reasonably be classified as natural, accidental, suicide or homicide.

ii. Updated classification from the Coroner regarding cause of death.

iii. Late report of death outside of six month bi-yearly report.

iv. This total includes fatalities where there is no Coroner classification of death because the fatality occurred outside the province or country.

v. Over 61 % of the total number of deaths for 2015 were attributed to natural causes.

vi. These totals reflect Child Fatalities between January 1st, to December 31st – year-end report for 2015.


Information concerning what happens when a child in care of the ministry dies can be found under Accountability.

As of October, 2007, the BC Coroner's Service is responsible for the investigation of all child deaths.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development confirms child fatality categories with the BC Coroner's Office as relevant. The category of a fatality may change as a death is investigated. Where the categorization of fatality types has changed since the last posting, this is the result of the Ministry’s ongoing process of updating the fatality categories to mirror updates by the BC Coroner's Service.

Classification of Death

NATURAL: Death primarily resulting from a disease of the body and not resulting secondarily from injuries or abnormal environmental factors.

ACCIDENT: Death due to unintentional or unexpected injury. It includes death resulting from complications reasonably attributed to the injury.

SUICIDE: Death resulting from self-inflicted injury, with intent to cause death.

HOMICIDE: Death due to injury intentionally inflicted by the action of another person. Homicide is a neutral term that does not imply fault or blame.

UNDETERMINED: Death which, because of insufficient evidence or inability to otherwise determine, cannot reasonably be classified as natural, accidental, suicide or homicide.

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