It’s more than just a slogan. It’s the philosophy that guides our organization. It’s the call to action that guides our work. It’s the strength of our partnerships. It’s what inspires and empowers our member organizations to make BC a better place to live and it’s a steadfast commitment to informed and passionate social services.
The Federation strengthen and supports our members and BC’s community social services sector through advocacy and outreach, networking, exchanging information, building skills, and consistently bringing a balanced perspective to discussions with provincial and national decision-makers.
We do all this so that our members can deliver services of the highest quality, grounded in the best practices. Together we are working to develop a vibrant and sustainable community social services sector in BC. That’s what the people of BC deserve.
Issues & Advocacy Efforts
With a volunteer board, a small staff team, and many issues to address, we chose our areas of focus carefully. Some of the issues we work to address only demand our attention for a limited time. Others, like our commitment to an improved system of care for children and youth in care, have been a constant focus since the inception of The Federation. Here are some the issues we are currently focused on.
In 2011/12, The Federation, in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), conducted a comprehensive review of the residential care practices for children and youth in BC. The scope of this review included residential care services and supports provided in child welfare/protection, youth justice, child and youth with special needs, and child and youth mental health service streams. Since 2012, MCFD has been discussing the recommendations and we have been advocating for full implementation.
‘Life in BC’ Snapshots
In 2015, The Federation scoured the literature and research to take a snapshot of ‘Life in BC’ that captured some aspects of the economy that traditionally get overlooked. In 2017, things were no better so we updated and expanded this project to prove that point and to help you talk about the state of social care in our province. Check out the ‘Life in BC’ Snapshot Reports and help us raise awareness about the things that need to change in order for the people of British Columbia to actually prosper and thrive.
In 2015/16, The Federation took part in two extensive surveys about BC’s community social services sector. The resulting reports share important insights into the health and sustainability of BC’s community social service sector as well as the programs, demographics, services, and supports that make up our sector.