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 (MCCSS) 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.

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Conflict Resolution Resource Guide

In early 2013, the Youth Leaving Care Working Group released the Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System in light of My REAL Life Book – Report of the Youth Leaving Care Hearings recommendation to recognize and act on the need to fundamentally change the child welfare system to better prepare children and youth in care to succeed. One of the recommendations from the Blueprint highlighted the need for residential care providers to build the capacity of its staff to respond constructively to challenging child and youth behaviour by:

  • Attempting to understand the needs behind their behaviour and,
  • Addressing those behaviours in a manner that encourages children and youth to willingly accept and change their behaviour.

Specifically, it was recommended that caregivers are trained in conflict resolution, crisis prevention and de-escalation to prevent situations from escalating to the point where police are called to residences. This conflict resolution resource guide, funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Servicess, is intended to build the capacity of residential care providers to respond to conflict with residents in more restorative ways. It focuses on the strategies and tools that can be used in preventing and resolving conflict, building positive and healthy relationships, and building a group home culture and environment that fosters youth engagement and positive youth development.

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Practice Guides

Practice Notes

Submissions to Government

Additional Resources