2022 Edition

Youth Psychosocial Services (CA-YPS) 7: Social and Community Connections

Youth cultivate and sustain connections with their community and social support network to promote positive well-being.




Youth participating in Psychosocial Services receive community based services that facilitate childhood development and resiliency using a holistic approach that improves family functioning and increases child well-being and safety.
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.
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.
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. 
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 facilitating social and community connections
  • Policy that prohibits exploitation of youth in employment-related training or jobs
  • Informational materials made available to families
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Youth served
  • Review of case records
  • Observe a variety of activities


CA-YPS 7.01

The organization facilitates the youth’s ability to access all available services and successfully reintegrate into their community by: 
  1. remaining knowledgeable about local, regional, and provincial resources, including networking and leadership opportunities; and
  2. identifying and developing opportunities for youth to develop positive ties to the community based on mutual interests and abilities.


CA-YPS 7.02

Social and community connections are encouraged by providing or sharing information about opportunities for youth and their families/primary caregiver to participate in:
  1. social, recreational, educational, or vocational activities in their community;
  2. religious observances in the faith group or spirituality of choice; and
  3. family and neighborhood activities consistent with the youth’s ethnic and cultural heritage and tribal affiliation.


CA-YPS 7.03

The program provides most of its services in the community and works with youth to:
  1. effectively navigate the surrounding environment;
  2. identify and use natural resources and peer support to create a supportive community;
  3. develop social support networks and build healthy, meaningful relationships with caring individuals of their choosing; and
  4. participate in group activities where they can meet, support, and share experiences with peers.


Organizations should tailor life skills training to meet the age and developmental level of the youth being served.
Examples: “Caring individuals” may include mentors, community members, friends, classmates, peers, siblings, cousins, grandparents, former resource families, and extended family members.


CA-YPS 7.04

The organization:
  1. makes reasonable efforts to match training and employment opportunities to the goals and interests of youth; and
  2. prohibits exploitation of youth in employment-related training or gainful employment.
NA The organization does not provide employment-related training or jobs to youth.