Category: Children and Youth

National views of factors in child welfare: community, organization and individual, for social workers providing care

This Canadian Association of Social Worker’s report is shared by Lynn Sherwood. “CASW is asking for changes to federal funding for social services such that the provinces would be accountable for ensuring that funding for social services is used for social services.” She is seeking to work with local organizations such as the Ontario Association of Social Workers Eastern Branch to bring focus on the report’s recommendations. 


Putting Children First: Social Workers and Child Welfare in Canada

At the outset, it is critical to acknowledge that we recognize the profession of social work’s very specific role and responsibility in supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

“We now have the concrete research that something needs to be done about overwhelming caseloads and increasing austerity-driven managerialism that robs social workers of time better spent forming relationships in their communities and helping families.”

Read about our next steps to help social workers:

Please Contact Lynn if you are interested to help in any way to encourage community focus on the report.

Report on Child Poverty by 2018 Federal Ridings

This Campaign 2000 (End Child and Family Poverty) report is shared by Lynn Sherwood who explains: “Apparently the feds are supposed to publish their new child poverty strategy in the next few days.  If you follow the links you can find the child poverty rate for each federal riding in Canada.  It is over 28% here in Ottawa South.  Child poverty correlates with the number of recent immigrants, indigenous people and single parent families.  Who Knew.”

In the lead up to Canada’s first federal Poverty Reduction Strategy, Campaign 2000 reveals a disturbing picture of the magnitude of child poverty in every federal riding. The latest data paint a stark portrait of inequality in Canada with high- and low-income families living in close proximity while divided by wide social and economic gaps that leave too many children hungry, sick and stressed beyond their years.

Troublingly, this report shows that the federal ridings with the highest levels of child and family poverty are home to a higher proportion of Indigenous, racialized and immigrant communities and lone-parent led families. This correlation signals the persistence of discrimination and systemic inequalities that translate to higher unemployment, lower labour market participation rates and higher proportions of renters and people spending more than 30% of their income on housing.

The presence of child and family poverty in every riding in Canada demands strong and decisive federal action through the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). Clearly, every community, every Member of Parliament and all political parties have a stake in the eradication of poverty. …

See the report here:

What research should teach us about bullying and its prevention– Lunch and Learn

From Ron Ensom of Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA).  Learn at Lunch series, It Takes a Community to Address Bullying

  •  on Friday, October 27.
  • The presenter will be Dr. Wendy Craig, Professor and Head of Psychology and Scientific Co-director of PREVNet, Queen’s University. Dr. Craig will discuss what research should teach us about bullying and its prevention.

RSVP by October 20th as seating is limited!
Contact OCCCA at

Gord Phaneuf talk on Child Abuse Prevention in Canada: Challenges & Opportunities

Ron Ensom shared this presentation of the Ottawa Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA)

Speaker: Gord Phaneuf
Executive Director, Child Welfare League of Canada …the voice for child welfare issues across Canada

This LEARN at LUNCH will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities.

RSVP by November 14th as seating is limited!
Contact OCCCA at

** Bring your own lunch **

Friday, November 18, 2016, 12-1:30 pm
820 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa (near Carling and Woodroffe)



Children who witness violence, Immigrant Women Services Ottawa share their practice, June 17

From Ron Ensom, Ottawa Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA) 

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a community based agency serving immigrant and visible minority women. This Learn at Lunch with Olga Yakovleva Theraputic Counsellor,  will provide an overview of the IWSO and discuss their Children Who Witness Violence Program. 

OCCCA_Learn at Lunch Flyer June 17_2016

OCCCA_Learn at Lunch Flyer June 17_2016

OASW – Eastern Branch 80th Anniversary – Professional Development, Celebration and Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 13:00 – 21:00

Kanata Golf and Country Club 7000 Campeau Drive, Kanata

Professional Development 13:00 – 16:00 Strengthening Interventions with High Risk Youth David Falardeau and Dr. Ben Roebuck Presentation of the Joan Gullen Awards for Media Excellence

Join us for a Meet and Greet at 16:00. Bring your business cards. For those joining us for the evening, registration is scheduled for 17:00 followed by the introduction of Keith Adamson, OASW President, and Joan MacKenzie Davies, OASW Executive Director,

….a buffet dinner, entertainment, and the premiere of Heritage Moments: The Pioneers of the Eastern Branch An open forum to follow.

Presentation of the Bessie Touzel Award to Geneviève Côté

Presentation of the Glenn Drover National Award for Outstanding Service

Annual General Meeting

Please confirm your attendance at 613 238-8406, or by e-mail at by March 14, 2016.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and the Lifespan impacts –“Learn at Lunch” seminar

Ron Ensom announced the Ottawa Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA) will share a key study that helps our ” understanding of the mechanisms by which Adverse Childhood Experiences influence health and well-being throughout the lifespan.” Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Pyramid

ACE Study – Part 1
The term “ACE” has become part of our
professional vocabulary. The landmark
ACE study is a paradigm shift in our
understanding of the mechanisms by
which Adverse Childhood Experiences
in,uence health and well-being
throughout the lifespan.
In the next two LAL’s, the ACE study’s
principal researchers Vincent Feli1i, MD
and Robert Anda, MD will present, via
DVD, the study’s findings and implications.

Friday, November 13, 2015 12-1:30 pm Location:
820 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa

RSVP by November 6
Contact OCCCA at

poster is here: OCCCA Learn at Lunch #3_Nov 13

For study background, here is a “start”