Weekly Update Blog

In a fast-paced sector constantly changing, our members need regular information and updates on policy changes, government priorities, research, and program updates. That’s why our Executive Director posts a sector update each week for all of our members. Those posts appear here the following week.

Issues, Advocacy, and Election Resources

This week we are sharing info about a new section of The Federation website devoted to tracking the issues and advocacy efforts we’re working on and providing Federation members some poster resources to encourage voting in the upcoming federal election. 1. Issues and Advocacy Efforts This week we are launching a new page on our […]

Federation Research Bulletin: September 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about adoption, permanency, child protection case management, family preservation, women fleeing abuse, housing needs of women fleeing violence, and mobility and work spaces in child protection and social work. BC Adoption & Permanency Options Update (2019) Child protection cases, one size fits all? Cluster analyses of risk […]

The Research to Practice Network: Mental Health Literacy and Community Social Service Practice

Last year, The Federation re-launched our Research to Practice Network with two popular short articles on street-involved youth and gender-based violence. This month, we are excited to share another piece of learning prepared specifically for those working in the social care sector. Mental Health Literacy & Social Service Practice In this article, Patti Ranahan from […]

The MCFD/Federation October Conference in Richmond

There is very little The Federation undertakes that we do truly on our own. A commitment to working collaboratively is woven through our strategic plan and our values for good reason—the complex issues we face demand strategies that include collective wisdom, strong partnerships, diverse experiences, and different perspectives. This is our approach to advocacy efforts […]

Federation Research Bulletin: August 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about Indigenous child mental health, cross-sector collaboration and interventions, legal approaches to family preservation, the effect of supportive housing on child welfare, and the changing nature of social work. Working together to improve the mental health of indigenous children: A systematic review (Sept 2019) Effects of an […]

The Community Social Services Health & Safety Council

A few weeks ago in this space, I introduced to Federation members a new initiative to support BC’s community social services sector—a health and safety council. Many other sectors and industries have long had such health and safety bodies (e.g., hospitality, home care, forestry). Now, after many years of advocacy work, we have created a […]

Advocacy and Opportunities: The New Social Sector Roundtable

Over the past few years, one of the most intentional and important areas of focus for The Federation has been the strength and sustainability of the community social services sector. Earlier this year, many were taken by surprise when government funding for wages negotiated under the most recent collective agreement did not include an equivalent […]

Clinical Supervision Survey

This important survey is the result of a small working group of Federation members who have come together around issues related to supervision in our sector and will benchmark critical data about clinical supervision for Federation members. Information garnered will also be used to understand clinical supervision practices to inform decision making for future training, […]

2019 Annual General Meeting Recap

Thank you to those of you who attended our Conference and Annual General Meeting in Penticton last month. It was a full two days of learning, sharing, and connecting. Below is a review of some key items for those that weren’t there (and those who might appreciate a recap). Annual Report At the AGM, I […]

Federation Research Bulletin: July 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about child protection work, community-based child welfare supports, rural and remote social service delivery, social worker workloads, compliance, and the development of PTSD in youth. It includes the following articles and summaries: 1. Social workers’ views on community involvement in child protection work in Italy (2019) 2. […]