Saturday, September 19, 2009

Foster Care Council asks Ministry how Ontarians to Improve Transparency and Accountability of Ministry

See link to a sample Ministry Issued Directive to see the importance of having these available to the public. When we know how the CAS's are supposed to work, by having access to Ministry Directives we can hold them accountable.

Sample Directive here: (Click Here)


The Ministry of Children and Youth Services utilizes various "accountability mechanisms" which allow the Ministry to monitor expenditures of Ministry allocated transfer payments and service levels in Children’s Aid Societies across the province.

Currently, the Ministry does not publish on their website or anywhere else any information which describes the various "accountability mechanisms" utilized by the Ministry, the important issues regularly identified during the execution of the mechanisms, nor the steps taken, or current status of the identified issues.

In an attempt to increase the transparency and accountability of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Foster Care Council of Canada asked the Ministry what steps the citizens of Ontario can take to advocate for improved transparency and accountability of the Ministry in relation to the "accountability mechanisms" and is now awaiting the Ministry's response.

The Council's letter is shown below

From: John Dunn (johndunn@afterfostercare.ca)

Sent: September 19, 2009 10:59:33 AM

To: chris.shantz@ontario.ca (chris.shantz@ontario.ca)

Cc: Horwath - QP, Andrea (ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca); MPPSylviaJonesPCChildWelfareCritic MPPSylviaJonesPCChildWelfareCritic (sylvia.jonesqp@pc.ola.org); Andre Marin (amarin@ombudsman.on.ca); Irwin Elman (irwin.elman@provincialadvocate.on.ca); afterfostercare@yahoogroups.com; Afterfostercare-exec afterfostercare-exec (afterfostercare-exec@yahoogroups.com)



NOTE to Ombudsman's Office: For Submission Purposes Only - No Need to respond

Chris Shantz
Policy Adviser
Office of the Hon. Deb Matthews
Minister of Children & Youth Services
(416) 212-7458

Chris Shantz,

Thank-you for responding to my e-mail where I asked the following two questions:

1. If the Ministry of Children and Youth Services will at any time make available on their web site directives issued to Children's Aid Societies and if not, why not.

2. If the Ministry could clarify what it means when they say they have a "Monitoring Role" over Children's Aid Societies and what "Monitoring" involves.

I received your responses and appreciate your time in answering them.

The answer you provided to my first question indicated that "the ministry currently has no plans to post directives that are issued to children’s aid societies on the web site"

The answer you provided to my second question indicated that the Ministry "has a number of accountability mechanisms in place that allow for monitoring expenditures and service levels in children’s aid societies through quarterly reporting" and that "ministry regional offices work with individual children’s aid societies to resolve any issues that are identified".

Requests:

1. If Ontario's citizens want the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to post on their website all Directives which have been issued by the Ministry to Children's Aid Societies in Ontario and their current status or resolutions

a) who should they contact within the Ministry
b) what steps will be taken by the Ministry after receiving such requests
c) what factors would the Ministry consider in making the decision of whether to post all Directives



2. If Ontario's citizens want the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to post on their website a "live" chart showing the various "accountability mechanisms", including reviews used by the Ministry in relation to child welfare services, their corresponding Ministry-identified issues, the steps taken by the Ministry in response to the issues, and the status of each issue

a) who should the public contact within the Ministry
b) what steps will be taken by the Ministry after receiving such requests
c) what factors would the Ministry consider in making the decision of whether to post such a chart.



Note: Chris, please include the question numbers and clauses in your responses for clarity.


Sincerely
John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada
613-220-1039
http://www.afterfostercare.ca

Foster Care News Blog
http://www.fostercarenews.blogspot.com

Also read about the Ride for Accountability in 2010
http://afterfostercare.wetpaint.com/page/RACAS

No comments:

Post a Comment