Professional Resources

In addition to publishing curriculum and resource documents for Children’s Aid Societies, OACAS produces practice guides to evolve readers’ understanding of the complexities of child protection, with respect to a particular topic area. The practice guides are designed to promote critical thinking and decision making in sensitive areas of child welfare practice. OACAS also produces practice notes which are quick reference tools for child welfare professionals, and contain links and contact details if workers would like to seek additional information.

Residential Services Review

In July 2015, the Minister of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced the establishment of an Expert Panel to conduct a review of the residential services system for children and youth in Ontario.
The OACAS Residential Service Review Advisory Workgroup submitted its recommendations to the Panel in February 2016.

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Eligibility Spectrum

The Eligibility Spectrum is a tool designed to assist Children’s Aid Society child protection staff in making consistent and accurate decisions about a child or family’s eligibility for service at the time a society becomes involved.

The revised Spectrum (2016) contains additional scales and items to assist decision making in areas resulting from changes in legislation, current research, practice and inquest recommendations from the Office of the Chief Coroner. The 2016 version is the result of a group of dedicated Children’s Aid Society (CAS) professionals  who completed research and consulted with front line staff and stakeholders throughout the province to ensure the revisions made reflect the interests and needs of the sector.

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Practice Guides

Practice Notes

Submissions to Government

Additional Resources