Hidden Valley parents should have been told 'immediately' about sex abuse allegations, Yukon Ombudsman says


The Yukon education department should have immediately told Hidden Valley Elementary School parents about sexual abuse allegations against an educational assistant in 2019, but kept quiet until a news story forced it to acknowledge the situation a year-and-a-half later.

That was among the findings in a report released by the Yukon Ombudsman Thursday, which concluded the department’s delay in informing parents was unwarranted, unfair and a “communications failure.” 

Entitled Left In The Dark, the report is the first of two from the ombudsman and follows separate reviews by the territory’s child and youth advocate and a Yukon-government-hired lawyer. All centre on why the government didn’t inform Hidden Valley parents after a

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