Integrating Our Expertise & Relevant Knowledge Into Existing CAS/VAW Collaborative Agreements & Front-line Practice

2012/09/18 - 4:10pm, Ilda Gizas
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The CAS/VAW Collaboration Agreements currently in effect throughout the province were developed in 2003 following a comprehensive province-wide consultation process with representatives from the VAW and CAS sectors.  Since implementation much progress has been made.  Yet, according to feedback provided through yearly reports to the ministry, a provincial consultation held in November 2010, and ongoing discussions at local and regional tables, there is still room for improvement.  CAS/VAW Collaboration Agreements do not speak to key systemic issues that at times prevent child welfare and VAW agencies from supporting women and children who have experienced violence in an effective and collaborative manner. 

As such, a regional working group comprised of VAW and CAS representatives from across Central West Region decided that it is time for both sectors to move a step forward and start integrating their own expertise and relevant knowledge into existing agreements in order to make them more practical and effective tools.  Three key themes have been identified through joint CAS/VAW training, provincial consultations, and regional working group discussions:

  • Holding Abusers Accountable
  • Keeping Women and Children Safe
  • Strengthening the Collaboration, i.e., ensuring the two sectors “talk” to each other

Keeping these principles in mind, representatives from the five CAS/VAW Collaboration Agreement Committees in Central West and other senior child welfare and VAW staff, including members of child welfare specialized DV teams, will meet on October 3 2012 to discuss effective practices and develop practical guidelines that can be used by child welfare and the VAW sector in Central West in a number of key areas.  The following are some of the questions that the group will be asked to explore:

  1. How to hold perpetrators accountable and intervene appropriately
  2. How to work with high-risk families and share information between the two sectors appropriately
  3. How to effectively determine when “high-conflict families” are experiencing domestic violence and intervene appropriately



Dr. Ginette Lafrenière M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Social Innovation Research Group
Faculty of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Michael Saini, Ph.D., M.S.W., R.S.W.

Assistant Professor
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
University of Toronto


Everyone attending is asked to come prepared to fully participate in this discussion by reviewing prior to the session the documents labelled as "Required Reading" (attached). 

We also invite you to browse through the additional reference materials which will provide additional context.  If you have any questions or require any additional information in preparation for this session, please feel free to connect with your local CAS/VAW Collaboration Agreement representatives who are members of the Regional CAS/VAW Working Group.

Thank you for your interest in this initiative.


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