Sausage making fest?

Practice change is the ministry of children and family development massive effort to change the way children are protected in this province. But the ministry has done little to help stakeholders understood that initiative. So, last night on Voice of BC, we asked Ms. du Toit's political boss Mary Polak whether she would commit to holding a briefing for stakeholders and members of media on practice change. The response: well, according to the minister, her deputy Lesley du Toit "has been pretty active around the province, talking to not only stakeholders but frontline staff. Right now we've provided the orientation, so we're beginning implementation now of it. It's been in development for the last three or three-and-a-half years. We now have five sites where that is beginning in earnest - where the orientation is taking place."

"I'm not sure what the best vehicle is to talk to the media about it. I daresay the public's more concerned about the kind of outcomes that they see and whether or not we're serious about the business of remaining stable and responding to what we know is best practice."

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The vid's online already - see link :-).

GET POLAK'D!!!!

YEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!!

"I daresay the public's more concerned about the kind of outcomes that they see and whether or not we're serious about the business of remaining stable and responding to what we know is best practice."

That may have been the case in the first year, now after many many years of ceaseless change our questions of your ministry are VASTLY different. Something more along the lines of W!T!F!! have you people been doing?

"I'm not sure what the best vehicle is to talk to the media about it. I daresay the public's more concerned about the kind of outcomes that they see and whether or not we're serious about the business of remaining stable and responding to what we know is best practice."

This is just sickening nonsense. MCFD has been so unstable for so long, failing to meet basic mandate and standards (protecting children) or best practices and in fact, losing anyone who actually knows what those might be. What the media is doggedly pursuing is accountability for why the taxpayers have been paying Du Toit far too much for what she has produced (or not). Each bobble head Minister should be asking themselves why their own leader, the Premier throws his own MLA's to the wolves to keep Du Toit, the most ineffective and incompetent Deputy Minister in BC's history in place. Political career suicide, or murder to be the Minister of CFD. Look to the past to see the future.

What's the attrition rate in the last five years? That is a solid outcome related to the organizational culture of MCFD. Instead of BS, maybe Polak should read Pivot's report, Hands Tied: Child protection workers talk about working in, and leaving, B.C.'s child welfare system for the unvarnished truth of what the real impacts and "changes" have occurred under Du Toit's leadership, some quotes:

"The impacts of turnover in a ministry that lost over 10 percent of its staff each year between 2002 and 2006 are aggravated by the disproportionate amount of sick leave used by MCFD employees.

Over 65 percent of survey respondents reported they could “rarely” or “never” give adequate attention to each child or family on their caseload while fulfilling their reporting requirements.

Respondents explained that high workloads, onerous paperwork, insufficient resources, and ineffective leadership impacted their ability to work effectively with children and families.

Social workers who took part in this study indicated that they are often unable to perform their job in accordance with the guiding and service delivery principles set out in the Child, Family and Community Services Act (“CFCSA”).

http://www.pivotlegal.org/Publications/reportsht.htm

These are facts. These are outcomes. This is transparency of what conditions MCFD's "leadership" has given the children and families of BC. If you tally it up, hundreds of front line workers have left child protection over the last decade. MCFD is the shame of Canada and it's poor reputation and questionable "practices" are well known across the country. Why do they think they can't recruit people anymore? The word is out and until the inevitable regime change happens, MCFD will be hooped. And it will be BC's most vulnerable children that pay the price for the change that is not change, but a diminishment of the human rights of children so that the BC government can save some money. Shameful, disgraceful people. Some day, all who had a hand in this will have to pay the piper. Karma cannot be outrun, even for BC Liberal appointees and MLA's.

Look to the past to see the future.

Wise words indeed.

She's not really talking to front line workers about practice change. She is desperately ramming through an impossible paradigm,which only a double jointed contortionist could effect, to separate practice from administration.Sounds like a good idea. Must be as its the only one weve got after years of farting around about transformation.

She fiercely brooks no dissent and is supported competely in her stupid idea by her newly minted ADMs

Generally though the field rather than complain will endure, but the waste of time and energy ultimately defaults adversely to families who need help.

Once she is gone ,which surely cant be too much longer, the hope is, that some sort of sanity will return.

only 1 person to blame--no one in that ministry can change anything,if they try, they get fired or "reassigned" im just counting days until polak figures out shes almost always away due to 'health' problems and won't let anyone else do anything but blames them anyway seriously wrong things happening

@Nigel

Really?!? That's what she's doing. Trying to separate practice from administration!?

That made me sit up straight. Holeee smokes if this is the case (and it sounds right based upon what's come out so far) we're hooped.

I'm going to guess that she's all about theory and 'best practices' and all that 'change' language that self absorbed consultants spout for $300 per hour.

Has she ever presented a end-state picture? How it's supposed to work down to a granular/front line level?

If this wasn't so tragically important I'd be laughing right now.

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