Presentation on theme: " Provides a process to address all aspects of the student’s life – school, family, peers and community Facilitates connections to community providers."— Presentation transcript:
Provides a process to address all aspects of the student’s life – school, family, peers and community Facilitates connections to community providers and resources Provides supports that will continue to be available upon completion of formal involvement
Increases efficiency and cost-effectiveness Promotes follow-up on an ongoing basis Fosters increased awareness and appreciation of each partner’s system, issues and skills
We service the Counties of Grey and Bruce which is an area similar in size to Prince Edward Island. We have only one city in our catchment with numerous small towns/rural environments. We also serve 2 First Nations We have some unique challenges which include transportation, poverty and no local inpatient psychiatric resources.
The WRAP program for children and youth is a contributing partnership involving the Bluewater District School Board, the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board, Bruce Grey Children’s Services and Youth Justice Alternatives to Custody. The approach which is child centered and family focused began in September 1999. Today we have a total of 7 geographical teams
Seven teams consisting of one social workers/counselors, one behavior lead teacher (BLT’s) and one community worker Geographically deployed in an effort to provide consistent service to over 70 schools region wide. Flexible service plans are developed within the home, community and school settings.
Easy to blame, feel misunderstood and to lack the sensitivities required to get the most out of each system for our youth and families. Lacked the language and relationships to be truly productive. It is Easy to cite no follow through on recommendations, confidentiality issues or to use voluntary service as the reasons for poor service outcomes.
94% reported that their child’s behavior had improved. Post ratings of behavioral severity significantly lower than pre-service ratings. Perceived parental competency significantly higher post service.
Post rating scores were significantly lower for the following scales: Conduct, Externalizing and Total Mental Health. Strong support for the multi-disciplinary team process and structure.
Evaluation and documentation was important and necessary. Process and measures changed as the program evolved. Make the data meaningful/useful for all sectors.
Thinking out Loud - Partnerships usually work best when they start out that way—i.e. thinking with one another—so that we can jointly own the outcomes. Value Added approach to partnerships
Continuous communication and commitment required Policy/funding changes Sustainability
One partnership leads to another Focus on the child, the family, the school and the community Builds capacity at all levels in all areas Allows all involved to address the challenges and seize the opportunities
Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle