QUOTE OF THE DAY: "And what about the disarray of the parents who, even having nothing to reproach themselves, find themselves struggling with a report to the DPJ (protection agency) , and the ensuing (hearing)? Who are forced to fight for, in some cases, custody of their child and, in any case, to prove what they have always been - that is, innocent? We have seen their testimonies, it is an ordeal that one does not wish to his worst enemy."
Ariane Krol; La Presse;
COMMENTARY: "When good intentions turn to drama," by Ariane Krol , published by La Presse on December 11, 2016. (Thanks to Googe Translate. HL)...(Editorialist at La Presse, Ariane Krol wrote on the economy, consumption and new technologies. Journalist for nearly 20 years, she also worked as a columnist and TV reporter for Radio-Canada and LCN, and writes in many magazines, including The News and Chatelaine.)
SUB-HEADING: "Detecting cases of child maltreatment is difficult and complex," writes Ariane Krol. "
GIST: "The tragic death of the pediatrician Alain Sirard draws attention to the investigations he was subjected to in his practice. This is understandable. The closure of these files should not, however, make us forget the tragedy experienced by parents who, when coming to have their child treated, are mistakenly suspected of being ill-treated. This issue must not be dismissed from the back. A report by our colleague, Louise Leduc, in the spring of 2013, and a report from the CBC in the fall, related the traumatic experience of parents who were reported to the Protection (DPJ) after bringing their child to the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center: their innocence was finally recognized, the way to achieve it has taken on the appearance of Calvary. How did this happen? Many elements come into play. The Youth Protection Act is very broad. It requires the physician to report "without delay" any case where there is "reasonable cause to believe that the safety or development of a child is or may be considered to be compromised"; The detection of cases of child maltreatment is difficult and complex; Well-founded cases of maltreatment, pediatricians see fairly well, including from parents and caretakers at first sight above any suspicion; They also see uncertain cases confirmed in a terrible way, when a child who has not been reported on a previous visit or whose DYP has closed the file quickly returns to the hospital in a state that leaves no doubt; It is also possible that the DYP, even after receiving new diagnostic information that removes the suspicions that led to a report, may keep an open file for other reasons. The irreproachable parent is not necessarily aware or aware of all this by coming to the hospital. One can imagine the shock when, instead of being treated as a partner desirous of the well-being of his child, he finds himself in the dock, suspected or even insinuated. "Situations of possibility of maltreatment can be perceived very difficult by the parents, since the pediatrician is then, in his questions and explanations, to confront the statements of a parent; The doctor is not in the normal relationship of trust, "recognizes the hospital Sainte-Justine in an internal document. And what about the disarray of the parents who, even having nothing to reproach themselves, find themselves struggling with a report to the DPJ (protection agency) , and the ensuing (hearing)? Who are forced to fight for, in some cases, custody of their child and, in any case, to prove what they have always been - that is, innocent? We have seen their testimonies, it is an ordeal that one does not wish to his worst enemy."
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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments. The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at: http://www.thestar.com/topic/