Children Involved with the Ministry - Statistics

Fatalities of Children Receiving Services (Not in Care) 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 51 8 2 7 7 4 79
2014 37 12 6 4 5 4 68
2015 [iv] 27 7 3 5 5 0 48[iii]

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Fatalities of Children in Care by Calendar Year

         
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[ii] 0 15
2013 2 1 2 2 1 1 9
2014 5 3 0 3 0 1 13[iii]
2015 [iv] 0 2 1 0 2 0 5

Download data in PDF format, Fatalities of Children in Care.

The Ministry 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Updated classification from the Coroner on one death – Undetermined/Open changed to Accidental.
  3. This total includes one fatality where there is no Coroner classification of death because the fatality occurred outside the province.
  4. These totals reflect Child Fatalities between January 1st, to June 30th – midyear report for 2015.

For information concerning what happens when a child in care of the ministry dies please see the Accountability, Case Review Summary Reports web page.

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

The Ministry 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.

Links

Child, Family and Community Service Act

Child and Family Development Service Standards

Case Review Summary Reports

Representative for Children and Youth

BC Coroners Service - Child Death Review

BC Coroners Service - Statistics

Office of the Ombudsperson

Office of the Provincial Health Officer

Vital Statistics