2022 Edition

Child and Family Development and Support Services (CA-CFD) 8: Health Services

Families are educated about health-related topics, and linked to health services that promote positive child development and the health of all family members.

NA The organization does not provide health services.

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Purpose

  Child and Family Development and Support Services promote positive parenting; support children's health and safety; strengthen parent-child relationships; improve family functioning and self-sufficiency; and enhance parental health, well-being, and life course development.
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Procedures for referring individuals to services
  • Community resource and referral list
  • Contracts or service agreements with community providers, if applicable
  • Educational/informational materials
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Persons served
  • Review case records

 

CA-CFD 8.01

Families are helped to understand issues and factors relevant to child and parent health. 

Examples: Topics relevant to parent health may include, but are not limited to: 

  1. the importance of obtaining preventive medical and dental care; 
  2. good preventive health practices, such as eating healthfully, exercising, reducing substance use, and preventing disease; and 
  3. family planning. 


Topics relevant to child health may include, but are not limited to: 

  1. physical care of the child; 
  2. nutrition and feeding, including the benefits of breastfeeding; 
  3. the importance of well-child visits, including immunizations; 
  4. environmental safety and injury prevention, including childproofing, child supervision, and safe practices for sleeping and bathing; and 
  5. child development milestones. 


Some programs may also work with parents to track, review, and support children’s progress toward achieving developmental milestones.


 
Fundamental Practice

CA-CFD 8.02

Families are linked to the following health services, as needed:

  1. ongoing health care for adults and children, including routine medical checkups, immunizations, and specialty care;
  2. diagnosis and treatment of health problems;
  3. dental care;
  4. mental health care, including information, screening, and treatment for postpartum depression;
  5. early intervention services;
  6. information and education about pregnancy planning and prevention, including linkages to family planning services; and
  7. services for substance use conditions.

Note: Organizations that provide early intervention services directly will also demonstrate implementation of CA-CFD 9: Early Intervention Services.


 
Fundamental Practice

CA-CFD 8.03

Expectant parents are linked to the following healthcare services, as needed:

  1. prenatal care;
  2. genetic risk identification and counselling services;
  3. labour and delivery services;
  4. nutrition services;
  5. information, screening, and treatment for prenatal depression; and
  6. postpartum care.
NA The organization does not serve expectant parents.

 

CA-CFD 8.04

Families are helped to register for health care, as needed, and receive information about other options for care, such as alternative health services.