Secwépemc Practice Model

The SCFSA Practice Model

Secwépemc Child and Family Services Agency (SCFSA) is responsible for the delivery of effective and efficient services that protect the rights of children, ensure their safety, and maintain their connection to family, culture and community.

Our child protection teams operate under the standards of the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA), the Aboriginal Operational and Practices Standards and Indicators (AOPSI), and Chapter 3 of the Child Protection Response Model.

As a result of the recent MCFD Practice audit, CP has addressed and improved service delivery and reporting requirements. (see 2017 MCFD Practice audit) Teams are responsible for diverse caseloads both on reserve and off reserve. SOS practice is being implemented across all teams. In supporting the mission statement, SCFSA teams demonstrate a service delivery model that supports the Aboriginal Policy and Practice Framework and Protocols with all communities, and is in line with MCFD requirements.

SCFS has made a commitment to implement the world’s leading approach to collaborative child protection practice in their service model.

The Signs of Safety Framework was originally developed in Australia by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards, and is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organized approach to child protection casework.

The driving force behind the ongoing evolution of Signs of Safety is a willing commitment by practitioners to describe what they are doing, what they are struggling with, and, most importantly, what is working for them.

We believe in the inherent strength and resiliency of the children, families, and communities. Signs of Safety demonstrates leadership in the delivery of Aboriginal child welfare services, and allows constructive working relationships between the professionals and the families, creating an effective practice.

For more information on this practice model, please contact our Signs of Safety practice coach, Shirley Selski at 250-314-9669 or at shirley.selski@secwepemcfamilies.org

To learn more about what Signs of Safety is, watch this short video: