OASW Comments on the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017

Ontario has passed the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA). This legislation, once proclaimed, will replace the Child and Family Services Act, 1990. The CYFSA contains many significant amendments, including raising the age of protection from 16 to 18 years as of January 1, 2018. Recently, OASW participated in a period of public consultation concerning newly proposed regulations within the CYFSA. We submitted written comments and took part in a meeting with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to discuss strengthening the role of social work within the CYFSA. OASW continues to monitor developments in this area closely as an interested stakeholder during final revisions to this Act.

About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, provincial, non-profit association representing approximately 5,200 social workers. All practicing members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor's, master's or doctoral level. OASW works actively to speak on behalf of social workers and advocate for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.