Children & Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) Framework for Action

The cross-ministry CYSN Framework for Action is B.C.’s strategy to improve access, quality and coordination of services for children and youth with special needs and their families. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

The Framework provides a foundation for coordinated, collaborative action among people working in the health, education and social service sectors in BC, and a platform of common values, principles and overarching strategies to guide the work. Participation and action from all sectors and from families will be required to help us reach the goal of better supporting children and youth with special needs.

Provincial, regional and community efforts to create an integrated continuum of quality services will be guided by the vision, mission, values and principles of the Framework and by the six strategies for action:

  1. Placing children’s and families’ needs first:
    Functionally-based and accessible services

  2. Supporting our people:
    Training, recruitment and retention

  3. Ensuring quality and performance:
    Improving quality measurement and accountability

  4. Building and using the evidence base:
    Promoting evaluation and research

  5. Simplifying the pathway to services:
    Providers, agencies and ministries coordinating, collaborating and integrating

  6. Planning together:
    Instituting a province-wide integrated planning mechanism

For more information, please download a copy of Children and Youth with Special Needs – A Framework for Action: Making it work! This publication has been translated and is now available in French. (Le document est également disponible en français)

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