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Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies Performance Indicators

Ontario is working with children’s aid societies (CASs) to improve outcomes for children and youth who are receiving services from a CAS. We are also working to strengthen accountability across the child welfare sector.

Ontario is reporting on performance indicator results in three key areas that reflect the safety, permanency and well-being of children and youth in local communities. These areas are aligned with the purpose of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA).

Ontario has introduced the public reporting of performance indicators to:

  • foster ongoing learning and continued quality improvement in services
  • increase transparency and accountability in CASs’ ongoing work to achieve better outcomes for children and youth
  • support the effective and fiscally responsible use of available public funds
  • raise awareness of the performance of CASs

The performance indicators

Ontario is reporting on five performance indicators under three key areas

Safety

  • The recurrence of child protection concerns in a family after an investigation
  • The recurrence of child protection concerns in a family after ongoing protection services were provided

Permanency

  • The days of care, by placement type
  • The time to permanency

Well-being

  • The quality of the caregiver-youth relationship for children in care

For primarily technical reasons, some CASs were unable to provide all their results.

The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies’ (OACAS) provides more information about CAS performance indicators.