Are you a social worker or a former ministry of children and family development employee? If so, British Columbians need your help. As you know, the ministry is in the midst of a massive effort to overhaul the way children are protected in this province. But details are few and far between. And its architect, the ministry's top bureaucrat Lesley du Toit, has refused to give children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond any further personal briefings about that effort. So this is where you come in. Last year, Ms. du Toit provided the representative with a series of PowerPoint presentations about her so-called practice change initiative. At the time, Ms. du Toit acknowledged "these (background) materials were developed some time ago" - with the most recent of them being dated February 18, 2009. Nevertheless, it's what we've got to work with. So we'd like you to take a look at that presentation, which was obtained via a freedom of information request, and tell us what you think. Is it brilliant or bollocks? You can email us in confidence or leave a comment below.
February 18, 2010