As the most diverse child protection agency in Ontario, at Peel CAS we want to ensure that we continue to be culturally responsive to the unique needs of families in our region. As such, Peel CAS has a Cultural Service Navigation worker who leads our collective work to combat racism and anti-black racism, taking into account matters of power, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. This worker identifies structural inequalities and challenges the status quo and conventional norms that affect the families we work with.
This team member connects with our diverse community stakeholders such as schools, mental health agencies, health care institutions, and settlement agencies to help ensure that cultural needs of children are met. They are involved with our Saath and Akoma service models, and collaborate with equity groups to address issues of injustice and develop more inclusive practices.