The Truth Will Set Us Free
It's too bad when MCFD was reasoning out why they wanted to waste so much money on accreditation that they didn't factor in upholding their actual mandate of protecting and supporting at-risk children, youth and families with their plan to spend millions on "maximizing the quality of the service delivered on its behalf to the public." More wasted taxpayer funds while the system crumbled around the Empresses of MCFD who didn't know, or care what's been happening to the kids. How many years in and how many millions spent? Taxpayers deserve an answer to those questions.
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Ms. Sowden hit the nail on the head - this is a matter of great expense. When the BC Liberals came into government in 2001, the Secure Care Act was scrapped. It will cost millions to create the infrastructure for such a program and the money would be much better spent actually funding a functional, ethical and responsible child & youth welfare system. The BC Liberals don't want to do that and they definitely aren't going to move forward right now sinking millions into this.
Within MCFD, they are very quietly scrapping programs which have cost taxpayers millions of dollars. A specific example of this waste and monumental mismanagement of taxpayer funds is the current move to stop accreditation. This money will never be recouped and has essentially been flushed down the toilet by the clowns in charge. Think lots of nice catered lunches, at fancy hotels and money poured into an American accreditation agency for absolutely nothing.
They're also preparing to slash even more frontline jobs and make practice changes that are going to further diminish the capacity of the child welfare system to protect children, they gave up long ago even pretending to care about, or protect youth. Look for even more pain ahead for BC's young people and their battered families.
Most of us will thankfully never know the pain and heartbreak of watching helplessly as our child becomes addicted, getting sucked into the underworld, the street, getting sexually exploited and losing their innocence, becoming one of "those people" you see on the 6'o clock news. Those parents and family members who have been through it find out quickly that the government will not lift a finger to help. You get what you vote for. Remember that next time.
Third-party accreditation guides human service organizations in the development and maintenance of interrelated accountability and quality improvement systems. Through meeting organizational and program standards, organizations are supported in the delivery and continuous improvement of safe, effective and efficient services. Accrediting bodies continuously gain feedback from consumers, stakeholders, professionals and associations to ensure that the accreditation standards and review processes reflect current international best practices.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development and Community Living British Columbia are committed to maximizing the quality of the service delivered on its behalf to the public. Accreditation status indicates that the accredited organization has achieved an appropriate level of organizational proficiency and that it has reliable mechanisms in operation to continually improve the quality of services it delivers.
The Guide to Accreditation provides an overview of accreditation as a quality assurance mechanism for the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The overview includes the ministry policy, summarizes the benefits of accreditation and provides a comprehensive list of questions and answers about everything you wanted to know about accreditation.
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