We are pleased to advise that the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Social Services department has been working with a team of experts, the Child and Family Services Emergency Preparedness Team (CFS EPT), to create CFS Emergency Response Interim Guidelines (phase 1). These interim guidelines have been shared with the NAN Chiefs and NAN Child and Family Service Agencies.
The NAN CFS EPT is a small multi- disciplinary team composed of sector – specific, regional-specific and culturally competent experts. The team includes expertise in Child and Family Service, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, medical professionals and public health professionals with traditional guidance from Elder Helen Cromarty.
The mandate of CFS EPT is to produce an Emergency Preparedness Report (phase 2) that contains recommendations tailored to the three NAN CFS agencies in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal of the recommended measures is to minimize disruption in service delivery so the agencies can safely and effectively fulfil their mandates of protecting children and youth, and helping children youth and families thrive together, in the pandemic context. Part of the report will focus specifically on measures to streamline agency- police communications and coordinate actions in a pandemic context.
The CFS EPT team held a consultation session with the three NAN agencies: Kunuwanimano CFS, Payukotayno – James and Hudson Bay CFS, Tikinagan CFS and NAPS Deputy Chief on March 26, 2020. Further consultation will take place as needed. The team is taking the information, insights, and concerns provided by the NAN agencies and is working collaboratively across its sectors to synthesize and build on this data to produce the Emergency Preparedness Report.
The report will be submitted to the NAN Chiefs and Agencies by April 14, 2020.
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