CYSPC
KINGSTON, FRONTENAC, LENNOX & ADDINGTON Children and Youth Services Planning Committee

Vision, Mandate, Beliefs & Objectives

Vision Statement

Service providers communicating, collaborating and working together to plan and promote a seamless network of responsive services and supports for children, youth and their families

Mandate

The KFL&A Children and Youth Services Planning Committee will engage in collaborative planning, implement initiatives, monitor services and influence policy to ensure that community needs and priorities guide the planning and delivery of children and youth services in the City of Kingston and the Counties of Frontenac and Lennox & Addington.

Belief Statements

The following belief statements guide and inform the work and activities of the Children and Youth Services Planning Committee. Specifically, CYSPC will fulfill its mandate in a manner which reflects and reinforces these shared beliefs; and furthermore, will evaluate the merit and value of any action, initiative or project in relation to these belief statements:

We believe…

Planning in the children and youth services sector(s) is most effective and meaningful when it is evidence-based and evidence-informed; uses all available data and relevant information; and is inclusive and consultative. In particular, consultation with service users and their families, and/or use of information and data generated as a result of such consultation, is especially important when researching, exploring or addressing significant issues relating to children, youth and their families.

1. Planning in the children and youth services sector(s) is most effective and meaningful when it is evidence-based and evidence-informed; uses all available data and relevant information; and is inclusive and consultative.  In particular, consultation with service users and their families, and/or use of information and data generated as a result of such consultation, is especially important when researching, exploring or addressing significant issues relating to children, youth and their families.

2. Planning in the children and youth services sector(s) should be both strategic and responsive; and as such, should help service providers and funders anticipate future needs, monitor emerging issues, and respond to critical and urgent challenges.

3. Planning in the children and youth services sector(s) must speak to the needs of all children and youth, regardless of, or when appropriate with attention to, geographic location (i.e. urban vs rural), family composition, socio-economic status, religion, racialized or cultural identity, dis/ability and/or other social identifiers.

4. Inter-sectoral, inter-agency and inter-program protocols and service pathways are effective strategies to promote and enhance service coordination, collaboration and/or integration, assuming said strategies are effectively monitored, evaluated and revised on an ongoing and regular basis.

Objectives

CYSPC will apply its collective resources and capacities to realize the following objectives for or in relation to the children and youth in the City of Kingston and the Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

We will…

Promote, support, facilitate and engage in collaborative and transparent sector-wide planning for children and youth services in accordance with our vision, mandate and shared beliefs, and with attention to local and regional needs, priorities and emerging issues

Identify and share information with member agencies, stakeholders and provincial Ministries about the strengths, assets, best practices, limitations, gaps and barriers to service relevant to the children and youth services sector(s), with particular attention to information needed to support and guide effective planning at local, regional and provincial levels

Liaise with and advocate to appropriate bodies, including but not limited to funding Ministries, regarding critical issues and strategic priorities relevant to and impacting on children, youth and related services

Liaise with other local, regional and provincial planning bodies to share, leverage and realize maximum benefit from our respective and collective resources.

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