Protection Services

Centralized Intake Services

To ensure that the health, safety and well-being of First Nation children are upheld and protected, Protection Services works to promote and enhance family strengths through collaboration and partnerships with families, communities and service providers.

The Process:

  • As the first point of contact, Intake Screeners engage the caller to gather relevant and detailed information regarding the incident or condition that is causing concern.
  • Next they find out what community the individual belongs to, to ensure the agency that the proper jurisdiction is servicing the family.
  • They contact the appropriate First Nation to complete our Mikinaak Case conference.
  • If an investigation into the concerns is deemed to be the best course of action, the case is assigned to a Child Protection Worker/Case Manager, whose duty it is to investigate, assess the safety of the child(ren), assess risk of future harm and determine if the case can be closed or is to remain open for on-going services.

Family Wellness Services

Many of the families we work with have experienced trauma or abuse, domestic violence, family breakdown and other issues that can continue to affect family dynamics. When ongoing protection concerns have been identified, Family Wellness Services works collaboratively with children, families and the First Nation to ensure the safety and well-being of children.

With a goal of family unity, services include intervention, advocacy, support and guidance. A Service Plan is developed collaboratively with the family to ensure the ongoing safety of the child(ren).

Child Wellness

The Child Wellness program believes that all children and youth should be supported in order to reach their full potential. Child Wellness Workers provide services to children and youth in the care of the agency from admission to reunification with family. Child Wellness Workers work in partnership with the child or youth, protection staff and the alternative care units to ensure their needs are met through the development of a Plan of Care.

The Child Wellness program also provides ongoing support, guidance and direction to children and youth up to the age of 18 who reside in an alternative care placement.

Kinship Service

The Kinship Service program provides services to children who, due to protection issues within their home, cannot be cared for by their parents but are not in the care of Dilico. Kinship Service or Kinship Out of Care refers to the full time care and nurturing of a child by a relative, extended family member, a member of the child’s community or another adult with whom the child has a significant relationship. The Kinship Service caregiver undergoes an assessment conducted by the Kin Service staff and is eligible for financial assistance to assist with the introduction of the child into the home. The Kinship Service caregiver works collaboratively with Dilico staff to develop and carry out plans of service for the child.

Benefits of Customary Care and Kinship Service

Customary Care and Kinship Service allow children to remain in their home communities with a relative, family friend or community member. This allows the children to continue to strengthen their ties to family, friends, culture and traditions.

Children have a right to maintain connections to their culture and traditional ways of life.

Children need love and care to grow up strong, safe and secure.

If you have concerns about a child, please contact Dilico immediately. 24-hours a day service is available.

The effects of child abuse can last a lifetime and can cause lasting effect on a child’s emotional and physical development. It can also extend to future generations as patterns of abuse and neglect repeat themselves. That’s why it’s so important to know the signs of abuse and neglect, and to take the right action when we see them to help our children and the future.

The signs of abuse can be hard to spot in some situations and a child might not feel comfortable about telling anyone about what is happening to them. In some circumstances, children and youth don’t even realize that they are being abused.

We all share responsibility for the well-being of children and youth. We owe it to them to do whatever we can to keep childhood a safe place to be.

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