Partners & Members
Safeguards’ five association partners are:
Children's Mental Health (CMHO)
Young Parent and Infant Mental Health Association of Ontario (YPIMH)
YPIMH agencies list
Community Living Ontario
Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth (OARTY)
Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO)
The decision to create such a partnership in 1995 was ground-breaking and it has caused a positive ripple effect at both the provincial and local level. Collaboration amongst associations continues to increase on a number of fronts including: research, advocacy, policy development and conferences. Local training gives staff from various agencies the chance to meet in an informal manner and subsequently many local partnerships and shared resources have developed.
Safeguards grew from a training project to a permanent training program and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 2004 with full support from the association partners. Each association nominates two representatives to sit on the on Safeguards’ Board of Directors. These representatives ensure training meets the needs of their sector.
Those who are eligible for reduced member fees for training are the staff of agencies who are members of one of the five association partners (see above).
Members pay further reduced fees for training related to trauma and abuse based on funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and the Ontario Ministry of Community of Social Services (MCSS).
Benefits of Safeguards Training
For the Individual…
Professional development can help you grow personally and professionally. It can expose you to new ideas and methods that will assist you in realizing your career goals.
For the Organization…
By having your employees participate in professional development, you are showing your commitment to maintaining and enhancing the professional competence of your staff. This demonstrates that your organization is committed to provide the best possible service and professionalism to your own clients. And your commitment to PD will enhance your staff retention and recruitment efforts.
Professional development promotes employee motivation, productivity, morale and creativity. It is a good way to groom employees for advancement, and helps managers realize the full potential for their teams.
For your clients…
You can ensure that you are providing the best possible care and service to the clients you serve in your community. Your clients benefit by having your service based upon recognized best practices in the field.
Children's Mental Health Ontario
Wendy Fairley, President of Safeguards, Representative of CMHO Board
Bill Helmeczi, Pathstone Mental Health
Young Parent and Infant Mental Health Association of Ontario
Janet Chappelle, Rose of Durham Young Parents Support Services;
Jane Kenny, Rosalie Hall
Community Living Ontario
Tina Williams, Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley
Keith Dee, Community Living Ontario
Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth
Andrea Rifkin, A Circle of Support
Leo Hopkins, Eagle's Nest: A Place to Soar
The Association of Native Child & Family Services Agencies of Ontario
Steven Vanloffeld, Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario
Leslie Atkinson, Executive Director
Angela Cooper, Interim Training Coordinator
Karen Bosworth, Knowledge Exchange Manager
Amanda Hart, Respite Registrar
Peggyann Boudreau, Finance
Linda Wilcox, Librarian