Alberta Government Updates Child Review Panel

ALIGN make every effort to maintain up to date information from the Alberta Government but we encourage you to visit the Children’s Services Website regularly to stay informed. Also see  ALIGN Related Initiatives & Communications or visit our main Child Review Panel Index

Update March 5, 2019

Bill 22 & Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act Policy Manual March 5, 2019

The Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act Policy Manual describes the policy, purpose and procedure that guides our work with children, youth and families. On an ongoing basis we ensure that policy is aligned with current practice approaches and tools. We often get requests, recommendations and direction to update or create new policy from the field.  We are attempting to establish a clear and timely policy cycle to:

  • Ensure we are addressing the specific needs of service delivery in an organized and thoughtful manner
  • Build in adequate consultation and approval time and process
  • Support communication and understanding of policy changes

Ideally, regular policy releases and updates will occur two times a year; however, there are times when circumstances may require a more immediate policy release.  This is a special policy release to reflect the updates to the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA) from the new legislation (Bill 22) passed by the Alberta government. This will help support all of the good child intervention practice that is already underway.

If you could share this release with your colleagues for their information, that would be greatly appreciated. If you or your staff have any questions about the updates, please have them email the policy team at

Update December, 2018
Revisions Enhancement Act Policy Manual December 14, 2018
Update: ALIGN Meets with Minister Larivee at the Legislature Re: Sector Financial Issues Dec 12, 2018
OHS Staff Safety Initiative Update December 12, 2018
New OHS Website: Work site health and safety committees and representatives
Applying for a joint work site health and safety committee
HSC HS Rep Approval Self-Evaluation Tool pdf 

Update November 19, 2018
Message to ALIGN from Deputy Minister Bouwsema Re Basic Maintenance Allowance Increase May 19, 2018

Update November 15, 2018

Alberta is the First Province to Implement Jordan’s Principle November 15, 2018

Alberta Government News Release: Standing up for Indigenous Families October 31, 2018



Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections
The integration of the original 6 Practice Strategies and the philosophy and 4 strategies of Lifelong Connections has resulted in principle-based practice approach called Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections. The original 6 practice strategies focused on the “front end” of practice, specifically intake, assessment and decisions related to children coming into care. They embed family centered and strengths-based practice early into the assessment process through slowing down and critically thinking through decisions, involving parents as active partners and engaging extended family and natural supports early in the process of safety planning for children and youth…

Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections pptx
Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections is a principle-based practice approach under the Child Intervention Practice Framework that includes 10 practice strategies focusing on promoting safety, well-being, and connections, from intake to file closure and supports critical thinking in decision making, creating and maintaining connections, and thoughtful transition planning…

4 Areas of Connection
Through consultation with stakeholders, 4 key areas where strong relationships are critical were identified. They describe how strong lasting relationships support overall well-being and safety of children and youth.  These key areas focus on the importance of human relationships within a family and community context and guide creating and maintaining meaningful connections for children and youth to people who love them unconditionally. The 4 areas of connection expand our understanding of permanency for the children, youth and families we all work with, moving the focus beyond just legal permanence. These connections are established and maintained through collaboration, critical thinking and intentional planning for children and youth.

Frequently asked Questions: Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections – Caregivers

Family Finding – Caregivers
Family Finding is an approach that seeks to build and maintain a natural support network for children and youth disconnected from their home and community.  It helps children and youth in care connect or reconnect with, create, and maintain relationships with adults who are important to them.  These people can include parents or guardians, siblings, past caregivers, extended family members, adult siblings from previous placements, teachers, daycare providers, or anyone else they have had significant relationships with in the past.  These relationships are important for children’s well-being, allowing them to know who their family is and where they come from, to know their cultural or religious heritage, and to establish supportive connections into their adulthood…

Signs of Safety®An Overview for Alberta
Signs of Safety is an approach to Child Intervention that was developed by Child Intervention staff to enhance child safety and uses professional social work concepts such as strengths-based and solution-focused methods and integrates them with the family’s expertise and cultural knowledge. It encourages a balanced and rigorous exploration of danger or harm as well as indicators of safety and focuses on risk assessment and safety planning...


A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow October 11, 2018
1  Message from the Minister of Children’s Services
2 Action Plan
3 Upcoming Initiatives

1 Message from the Minister of Children’s Services

I want to update you on how our public action plan, A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow is protecting children and supporting families.

Our ground-breaking plan includes 39 actions – 16 this fiscal year – that we will implement to improve services, increase supports, and help address funding gaps on reserve.

Since releasing our plan in late June, staff have been hard at work with the initial planning to put immediate actions into motion. The Indigenous Cultural Understanding Framework has been launched. We are helping take action against racism. New grants for youth suicide prevention programs have been opened up, with $1 million in new funding set to be awarded this year.

In coming weeks, we will also introduce new legislation, pilot a new kinship care assessment tool, and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the federal government and First Nation representatives to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.

None of this work is happening without collaboration. At each step, Children’s Services is working with Indigenous leaders and communities, as well as stakeholders and front-line partners who work directly with vulnerable or at-risk children and youth.

We will keep you updated about opportunities for you to get involved. In the meantime, thank you for your work to create the stronger, safer child intervention system that our children, youth and families deserve.


Danielle Larivee

Minister of Children’s Services

2 Action Plan Update

In partnership with Indigenous communities, work is already underway to implement A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow.

Recent actions to address urgent needs and strengthen supports for families across Alberta include:

  • Launch of the Indigenous Cultural Understanding Framework to help Children’s Services staff deliver culturally appropriate services and supports to Indigenous children, youth and families. The work that will be undertaken will be advised by our Elders Wisdom Circle.
  • The Government of Alberta’s Anti-Racism Plan.
  • As part of $1 million committed to support youth suicide prevention programs, grants are beginning to be rolled out at communities like Woodland Cree First Nation.
  • New advisory bodies are being created, including the Indigenous Advisory Circle and Youth Advisory Committee. The Indigenous Grandmother’s Circle has already begun informing Children’s Services programs, policy and practice.

Children’s Services is also engaging with Indigenous communities and leaders, as well as other stakeholders, to put other aspects of the plan into action.

This includes work to strengthen supports for kinship caregivers and improve early intervention and prevention supports for families.

All 16 of the immediate actions outlined in the action plan are on schedule to be completed by next April. A few of the upcoming initiatives are highlighted below.

3 Upcoming Initiatives

  • This fall, the Alberta government will table the first phase of amendments to the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act. Changes will help increase safety, improve accountability and strengthen respect for family and cultural connections.
  • A new kinship caregiver assessment tool will be piloted this fall. This holistic, in-depth tool has been designed to help caregivers support the safety and well-being of children placed in their care.
  • A new client feedback, monitoring and reporting system will be piloted to empower the voices of children, youth and families receiving services.
  • Early prevention and intervention supports will soon be allocated, with $2.4 million in new funding across Alberta.

These are only a few of the exciting initiatives being implemented in the coming months. Visit the Children’s Services website to stay informed.

UPDATE June 2018

Today, our government released a public action plan that will help protect children and support families. You can read our news release online.

 A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow highlights 39 actions – including 16 this fiscal year – the Alberta government is taking to improve services for Indigenous families, increase supports for children, youth and caregivers, and address the funding gap on reserve.

Government of Alberta Child Intervention Fact Sheets – February 1, 2018

Recommendations January 24, 2018
Alberta child intervention panel drafts 26 recommendations for government approval Action plan on recommendations due in June Stephanie Dubois · CBC News · Posted: January 24th 2018,

Alberta Government Child Intervention Panel Web Page.
Panel meetings will be open to the public whenever possible. A detailed list of all upcoming meetings will be posted as soon as dates, times and locations are confirmed. Following every meeting, the panel will provide a summary and audio recording outlining what was discussed. Panel meetings Now Closed Visit their page to listen audio recordings and meeting summaries

2018 Alberta Justice Public Fatality Inquiries
The Alberta government’s System to Track Responses to Fatality Inquiry Recommendations, launched in June 2017, documents the responses to fatality inquiry recommendations on a go-forward basis.

Reports 2018


OCYA Report: Children’s Services Minister Responds November 6, 2017
Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee issued the following statement in response to the Child and Youth Advocate’s Investigative Reviews released today.

Government responds to OCYA reports Minister Sarah Hoffman issued the following statement, on behalf of Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee, in response to the Child and Youth Advocate’s Investigative Reviews released today: July 18, 2017

Child Intervention Practices in Alberta Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention June 5 2017

Alberta Government News Release New bill would improve transparency and accountability for child-protection system May 30, 2017



Alberta Child Welfare Class Action

Child Intervention Practice Framework Documents (CIPF)

Signs of Safety

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