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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 aggregate information on performance indicators in five key areas that reflect the safety, permanency and well-being of children and youth in local communities. These areas are aligned with 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

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