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Well-being

The well-being of children and youth in care is an important focus of the work of children’s aid societies (CASs).

CASs are reporting on one well-being performance indicator:

  1. the quality of the caregiver and youth relationship.

The quality of the caregiver and youth relationship

This performance indicator measures the youth's perception of his or her relationship with his or her caregiver. The caregiver is an adult who is most actively involved in the care of the child and is most knowledgeable about them. This is an average score on an eight-point scale (where eight is the highest) and is based on the following questions:

  • How well do you feel he or she understands you?
  • How much fairness do you receive from him or her?
  • How much affection do you receive from him or her?
  • Overall, how would you describe your relationship with him or her?

Higher scores on this scale indicate a greater degree of caregiver acceptance, as perceived by the young person.

The Average Score of the Quality of the Caregiver and Youth Relationship, On an 8 Point Scale
Year Score out of 8
2010-11 6.6
2011-12 6.6
2012-13 6.6
2013-14 6.5

The data shows that the average score measuring the quality of the caregiver-youth relationship has remained stable over four years.

Importance of this indicator

When children and youth have positive relationships with their caregivers, they feel more understood and may feel more accepted. This positive relationship improves the child’s/youth’s overall sense of well-being and improves the young person’s future.

About the data

  • Only children and youth aged 10-17 years old and in care for more than a year are included in the data.
  • This information is based on data from 41 CASs.