2013-14 MCFD Budget Commentary

  1. MCFD continues to prevention, early intervention and longer term intervention (page 6). This will translate into more preemptive child removal over a longer period of child holding time.
  2. Ratio of family development responses to investigations will increase from 0.7 in 2013-14 to 1 in 2015-16 (page 15). This requires hiring more child protection workers, assuming that the number of investigations remain more or less the same.
  3. Removed Aboriginal children "cared" for through Aboriginal service providers will increase from 61% in 2013-14 to 62% in 2015-16 (page 17). This implies that more and more Aboriginals will become service providers and eventually die hard supporters of the child protection industry.
  4. Expenses on child safety, family support and children in care remain the largest single item in MCFD's 2013-14 budget (37% of the operating budget). Both this expense and the total operating budget will continue to rise (page 23).
  5. It is noteworthy to remark that there is a sharp increase in the Ministry's capital expenditures from $277,000 in 2012-13 to 1,352,000 in 2013-14 (page 23). We fail to find further explanations in the Budget on what these capital expenditures entail.

[This page was added on 6 February 2013 and last revised on 6 February 2013.]