MANITOBA GOVERNMENT RELEASE
Funding to Increase Timely, Relevant Assessments of Children in Care: Fielding
The Manitoba government is providing $424,000 toward a new pilot project at Winnipeg’s Child Protection Centre (CPC), to increase the number of medical and specialized assessments for children who are newly apprehended or at risk of coming into care of Child and Family Services, Families Minister Scott Fielding announced last week.
“The Child Protection Centre is an integral component of the child welfare system and supports our goal of preserving care within a child’s family and community,” said Fielding. “This pilot creates better outcomes for children and families through more timely and comprehensive assessments that will lead to early intervention and speed up referral to services and supports within days, rather than months.”
Additional resources will allow more assessments to be completed at the CPC, located at the Health Sciences Centre. CPC is expected to provide more than 2,000 medical assessments a year, as well as significantly increase interdisciplinary case consultations, the minister noted. Social workers use the information collected in this process to develop long-term case plans, which include appropriate services and supports for children and youth.