Entries by Marshall Watson

COVID-19: Updates, Supports & Resources for Federation Members

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we are doing our very best to keep Federation members informed and up-to-date. We are in constant communication with our members, government colleagues, and sector allies and will continue to share updates and information regularly. Last week, we heard directives from the Provincial Health Officer that community social services should […]

COVID-19 Information for Social Services

Many social services organizations are wondering whether or not they should be closing programs and are weighing the risks of remaining open against the benefits of continuing to serve your clients—people who would otherwise lose valuable supports at a time when everyone is feeling particularly stressed and vulnerable. We also know the changing nature of […]

COVID-19 Update for Members

As many of you know, events are being cancelled, businesses are closing, and BC’s top doctor, Dr. Bonnie Henry, is urging people to follow directions regarding hand hygiene, social distancing, and self-quarantine. Given the frequent updates and nature of these precautions, we wanted to let our members know what we are doing on their behalf […]

Training Opportunities for Fed Members 

Last fall, The Federation launched a new program for our members—an ongoing series of regional training opportunities across the province. It is something we have wanted to do for a long time, in part because of our commitment to being a truly provincial organization and because we recognize the challenges many of our members face […]

The Federation’s Award for Excellence

Last week, I spoke about the Federation’s Youth Education Bursary and the way that it serves to welcome young people into our sector and our work. Today, I want to talk about our Award for Excellence and the related purpose it serves—recognizing and thanking the people and organizations who are going above and beyond to […]

Federation Research Bulletin: February 2020

This month’s research bulletin includes new articles and reports about foster and kinship care, the needs of young parents in care, public perceptions of child protection work, intimate partner violence, and the use of child welfare data systems. The well being of foster and kin carers: A comparative study Practitioner and foster carer perceptions of […]