The Alberta Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act Policy Manual
Contains policies and procedures that direct casework staff when delivering services under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act. The Manual is provincial policy and procedural requirements that all casework staff in Child and Family Services Authorities and Delegated First Nation Agencies are expected to comply with. The policies provide direction and procedures for most common situations.
NOVEMBER 2022 REVISION
Fall 2022 Revisions and Outcomes Enhancement Policy Manual
REVISIONS OR COMMUNICATIONS PRIOR TO 2022
Enhancement Act Policy Revisions Fall 2021 – All
ALIGN MEMO #58 OCTOBER 22, 2021
Follow up from our last ALIGN Kinship-Foster Care meeting:
1) The Delegation of Powers and Duties to a Child Caregiver (CS1631) was recently updated by removing a caregiver’s ability to consent to immunizations for a child/youth under a Permanent Guardianship Order and Permanent Guardianship Agreement.
This update is to align with the Enhancement Policy Manual: Intervention Section, Policy 9.1.7 Immunizations that includes the following:
- Immunizations are not part of ordinary medical care;
- The caregiver cannot refuse or consent to immunizations;
- The caseworker will work collaboratively with the caregiver by affording them the ability to take the lead as much as possible for arranging for the immunizations.
Children’s Services staff will continue to follow Policy 9.1.7 Immunizations to obtain appropriate consents when arranging for immunizations and discuss with caregivers the need to have the proper consents for immunizations.
To avoid further confusion and to ensure the appropriate delegations are in place, Children’s Services staff have been directed to provide caregivers with the updated Delegation of Powers and Duties to a Child Caregiver (CS1631) form by December 23rd, 2021.
Note: For further information about COVID-19 Immunization for Child & Youth 12 and Over, please refer to the Child Intervention Practice Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Children’s Service Update Enhancement Policy Manual Update updated on October 15, 2020.The Enhancement Policy Manual describes the policy, purpose and practice support or procedure that guide our work with children, youth and families. We (CS)often get requests from service delivery, recommendations and directions to update or create new policy. On an ongoing basis, we ensure that policy is aligned with current practice approaches and tools. We are attempting to establish a clear and timely policy release cycle to:
- ensure we address the specific needs of service delivery in an organized and thoughtful manner,
- build in adequate consultation and approval time and process, and
- support communication and understanding of policy changes.
Regular policy releases and updates will occur bi-annually (Spring and Fall) and there are times when circumstances require an immediate policy release.
One update to bring to your attention is that we are transitioning to use a new version of the Treatment Service Card (TSC). We recently redesigned the TSC to support the effort towards digitizing and streamlining processes. This design change does not affect the available health benefit coverage under the TSC. I have attached a letter to inform the caregivers about this change. It is greatly appreciated if you can post this letter on your website to pass on this information. See link here: https://conta.cc/2HEtTp4
More details regarding this policy release is included in the attached Policy Revisions Document. If you could share this release with your colleagues for their information that would be greatly appreciated. See link here: Fall 2020 Policy Revisions: If you or your staff have any questions about the updates, please have them email the CS policy team at CS.CFSPolicyManualQuestions@gov.ab.ca
Bill 22 Special Policy Release to ALIGN regarding Enhancement Policy Manual and Bill 22 Changes 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.
Policy Revisions February 2019 Draft Bill 22
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 CS.CFSPolicyManualQuestions@gov.ab.ca.
Emily (Sand) Beilman MA|Senior Manager, Policy and Practice Supports
Government of Alberta | Ministry of Children’s Services | Child Intervention Division