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.

Federation Research Bulletin: May 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about ways to improve outcomes in therapeutic residential care programs, models for reducing aggressive incidents in residential youth care, child-centred decision-making approaches, screening tools for vulnerable youth, and factors that strengthen support networks for youth aging out of care. It includes the following articles and summaries. Determinants […]

BC Child and Youth in Care Week

Last week at a meeting, I was introduced to someone who is currently studying social work. When I introduced myself and The Federation, the person I was speaking to exclaimed, “You signed my bursary cheque my first year of university! I am a recipient of the Federation’s bursary!” Meeting this person and hearing their story […]

Sign up for our Labour Market Strategy Focus Groups!

Over the past few months, The Federation and our partners at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association of BC (CSSEA) have been conducting labour market research to address critical information gaps about our broad sector. The goal of this project is to gain a […]

Federation Research Bulletin: April 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about trauma-informed care, childhood well-being, autism evaluations, family supports, childhood maltreatment, borderline personality disorder, and intimate partner violence. The impact of a statewide trauma-informed care initiative in child welfare on the well-being of children and youth with complex trauma Decision factors for community providers when referring very […]

Addressing Recruitment & Retention: Addressing Recruitment & Retention: The Social Services Labour Market Research Project

Over the past few months, The Federation and our partners at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association of BC (CSSEA) have been conducting labour market research to address critical information gaps about our broad sector. The goal of this project is to gain a […]

Federation Projects & Issues Update

The past week and a half at The Federation office has been very focused on issues arising out of the government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate. On Monday, I shared with members a letter the Federation Board has sent to BC’s Minister of Finance Carole James. This letter highlighted our growing concerns about the sustainability of […]

Federation Research Bulletin: March 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about harm reduction in BC, substance misuse, vulnerable youth, child exploitation, mental health, social work outcomes, inequality, and reconciliation-informed policy and practice. Vulnerability and child sexual exploitation: Towards an approach grounded in life experiences (2018, UK) Decision Support Systems, Social Justice and Algorithmic Accountability in Social Work: A […]

Political activities and your agency

Over the past six months, The Federation has been tracking developments and informing members about changes to the Income Tax Act regarding the political activities of charities (as well as how such changes may be administered by the Canada Revenue Agency). As part of this work, The Federation also submitted feedback to the Special Senate Committee on […]

The Federation’s Award for Excellence

Taking time to recognize the work of our colleagues is important. It’s why The Federation devotes time to things like honouring retiring members, thanking outgoing board members, and sharing accreditation news. It’s also why we created the Award for Excellence all the way back in 1995. The work we do in this sector is hard, often thankless, and […]

Research Bulletin February 2019: Social Sector Collaboration

This month’s research bulletin focuses on articles and reports about successful collaboration and improving collaborative initiatives in the social sector. The reports below explore the interpersonal and systemic aspects of collaborative efforts as well as the factors and approaches that lend themselves to successful collaboration. They explore the concepts of social capital and whole-person care […]