Youth Advisor (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 31 January 2018
Working as an advisor has proven my general distrust of MCFD as an organization. When I came to management about situations, I was penalized for bringing awareness to racist and homophobic staff and contracted workers.
Web Programmer (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 2 August 2017
I enjoyed my time working for the Ministry. Most days I was creating and styling websites, writing documentation, and working with helpful staff who respected me. I had guidance from my team's manager who was a very kindly and interesting lady.
The most difficult part of the job was occasionally needing to wait for someone else somewhere in the organization to complete work that my task depended on, so I would say that there's some bottlenecks somewhere in the organization. The best part of the job was being able to communicate quite openly with my coworkers.
Pretty nice open office atmosphere.
As with most government ministries, a bit slow at times.
Child Protection Worker (Former Employee) – Abbotsford, BC – 10 June 2017
Working in Child Protection services is a challenging career. Workloads are often high with complex dynamics within families and children. Generally management is approachable but limited in capacity due to governing factors. Generally teams develop supportive bonds, but creating individual relationships for crisis support and debriefing are essential and usually available due to the nature and expertise of the practice field.
making a difference
too often insufficient resources to do quality work
social worker (front line), team leader (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 1 February 2017
I loved my career with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Sometimes the workplace was toxic due to high demands/caseload size, office politics but I still loved what I did. The managers I had, especially during the last few years of my employment in the lower mainland were supportive and fair. I only left the Ministry due to a move to another province. I learned a lot and grew a lot with this employer. I have gained many skills that will be an asset to any other jobs I apply for.
red tape, budget cuts therefore negatively impacting support services to clients.
Very stressful environment to work in but with the right management team and training it is a rewarding career
Acting Team Leader (Former Employee) – Delta, BC – 25 October 2016
Very stressful environment to work in but with the right management team and training it is a rewarding career. More resources are definitely needed for the clients and to support the front line staff. More support is needed for frontline staff to help manage vicarious trauma.
Team Leader (Current Employee) – Vancouver – 12 July 2016
I supervisor a very busy child protection team. My day consistence of review any memo's from the previous night, providing consultation to the social workers on the team. Working the our office Manager to ensure a smooth running of the office, supervision, assisting the social workers, where needed, attending court (when necessary), building a positive work environment. Ensuring staff have had lunch. ... Hardest part of the job, not enough hours to do everything, so prioritizing is very important and self-care. I am very strength based in my practise. ... I am a very hands on supervisor and believe in working as a team. ... Most enjoyable part, the team and success in the families I work with. I believe we all have the strength and abilities to work on what we need to, sometimes we just need the help. I do not hesitate to being intrusive when needed.
High-paced work environment with continual challenges
Resource Social Worker (Current Employee) – Surrey, BC – 26 September 2015
The most enjoyable part of this job is problem-solving to place a child in a suitable home and seeing them thrive in the environment. It is challenging to do this when there are limited resources but I work with a great team who all care greatly about the work they do.
Accounts Clerk (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 25 June 2015
I enjoyed working for the Ministry of Children and Family Development. I had many wonderful co-workers all dedicated to doing their jobs. I believe it was a dynamic place to work as there were many opportunities to learn new skills and improve on existing skills. The management provided biweekly team meetings to discuss logistics and focus on any areas of difficulties employees might be having. The hardest part of working for the Ministry of Children and Family would be hearing some of the heart wrenching stories the clients would have. The most enjoyable part of my job was bringing peace of mind to those clients.
The system created to protect children is ineffective in protecting children
Child Protection Worker (Former Employee) – structured for success program – 16 January 2013
The concept of integrating Northern Health with MCFD to reunite children with their families is a good one. The caseload was appropriate as each family needs more intensive help than regular caseloads for CPW Networking with the Aboriginal community needed to be addressed. Co-workers were competitive and not united in doing the job. If one co-worker had more success in working with a family than the previous co-worker did defensive feelings came to the surface and sabatouge existed. Needed separate facilities and needed to change the hours. M-F 8:30 to 4:30 was not working. T-S 10:am to 6pm would have been better. One person on intake One on groups etc. Too many people wanting the program to succeed and creating/making that to happen. Success is fluid and changes It is not static Again the concept was good but the impementation of the program fell short.
trying to co-ordinated with northern health to help reunite children with their parents
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT / COORDINATOR (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 2 January 2013
A typical day was paying invoices and entering contract or paying on contracts. Phone interaction was with other colleagues assisting with invoices for youth under the care of the Ministry. I enjoyed the daily interaction with the folks that I worked with. They were helpfully and kind. It was a great team environment. The hardest part of the job was sending back documents not signed because that would then hold up payment for families that needed the money.