Government of Saskatchewan and the RICS

In April 2013 the Government announced that the Cabinet Committee on Children and Youth (2010)was refocusing its efforts to respond to the important issues facing Saskatchewan children, youth and families and to support the goal so the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth. The Child and Youth Agenda was renamed the “Child and Family Agenda”. The Cabinet Committee currently consists of the Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer, Co- chair; MLA, June Draude, Co-chair; Education Minister Don Morgan; Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant; Minister responsible for Corrections and Policing Christine Tell; Health Minister Dustin Duncan and MLA Russ Marchuk. For a progress report on the Saskatchewan Child and Family Agenda link to: http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-SCYAprogressMarch2014.pdf

The Senior Inter- Ministry Steering (SIMS) Committee is a collaborative senior officials table, reporting on the Saskatchewan Child and Family Agenda (SCFA) targets, goals and stakeholder engagement to the Deputy Ministers Committee on Child and Family. The SIMS Committee focus is Saskatchewan’s government-wide strategies under the SCFA. The intent of the SCFA is to reduce barriers and improve integrated services and supports for children, youth and families and those living in vulnerable circumstances. SIMS engages in strategic communication with the Regional Intersectoral Committees (RICs) to align common regional and provincial work , and responds to the identification of gaps and overlaps in human services and programs within the regions of each RIC.

 (Source: SIMS Terms of Reference July 2013.  Province Renames Child and Youth Agenda News Release:http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=d8b71c1d-fdf5-4774-9383-b3458c9784b4)

The following outlines the challenges and lead ministries of the Child and Family Agenda.  The Northeast RIC work plan connects and contributes to this agenda.

 

GOAL CHALLENGES LEAD MINISTRY
Children get a good start in life School readiness, literacy and parenting Education
Youth are prepared for their future Graduation rates, absenteeism Education
Families are strong Mental health, addictions, parenting Health, Social Services
Communities are supportive Interagency cooperation and communication Justice, Corrections

 

The ten (10) Regional Intersectoral Committees (RICs), each supported by a RIC Coordinator, are located throughout the province of Saskatchewan and linked to the SIMS Committee. The SIMS Committee and the RICs are forums for critical analysis of complex issues, integrated decision making and resource allocation.  The RIC is a coordinating link for human service leaders within a designated region to develop and communicate indicators, shared priorities, evaluation frameworks and outcomes. Provincial and regional intersectoral work mobilizes communities and human service organizations by reducing barriers, addressing difficult social issues, rallying resources and improving integrated services and supports for children, youth and families, those at risk or living in vulnerable circumstances.

 

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