Course Description

This course will address the needs of the child protection systems for the assessment of parental capacity; the methods for doing so; the limitations of these assessments; contra-indications for doing them as well as the issue of intersections with family cultural systems.

Course Details

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course successful participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the place and context of parenting capacity assessments and their relevance to child protection.
  2. Develop a working familiarity with the assessment process including accepting referrals, attaining appropriate consents; ensuring referral questions can be assessed; the details of data gathering; preparing an assessment report and providing feedback.
  3. Understand the limits of the assessment process.
  4. Understand the place of cultural bias; examining how to consider various cultural approaches to parenting and the place that racism may play in the process.
  5. Consider the place of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  6. Consider the relevance of Bill C-92 - An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

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