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The Community Engagement and Corporate Services Division provides policy development, program direction, funding and statistical information for Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care, Children’s disABILITY Services, and the Family Violence Prevention Program.
The Division provides centralized internal services to the Department in the areas of legislation and strategic policy, intergovernmental relations and information services, and corporate services such as Emergency Social Services, Business Continuity Planning, Workplace Safety and Health, Department Training, Strategic Initiatives, French Language Services and Disability Access coordination, Space Planning, Human Resource Renewal and divisional financial services. The Division supports three independent offices, the Office of the Vulnerable Persons’ Commissioner, Social Services Appeal Board, and Fair Practices Office.
Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care oversees licensed early learning and child care in the province. The Branch is committed to the well-being of children and their families by supporting the provision of quality, licensed, play-based early learning and child care programs for children from 12 weeks to 12 years of age.
Children’s disABILITY Services is responsible for policy and program development to support children with disabilities, their families and caregivers. It is a non-statutory, voluntary program that provides assistance to birth, adoptive and extended families caring for children who have developmental and/or lifelong physical disabilities. These supports include individualized services such as respite care, child development services, supplies and equipment, transportation and home/vehicle modifications.
The Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) promotes the elimination of family violence by providing program and administrative support to community-based agencies running shelters, second-stage housing, women’s resource centres, an information / crisis line, and specialized supports that offer a wide continuum of services across the province. FVPP works to change societal attitudes about issues related to family violence through public education and training.
The Branch provides corporate services to the Department such as Business Continuity Planning, Workplace Safety and Health, Department Training, Strategic Initiatives, French Language Services and Disability Access coordination, Space Planning, Human Resource Renewal and divisional financial services.
The Branch leads the development of all departmental legislation and provides advice, support and information to the Deputy Minister and senior management on strategic and policy issues that affect the Department. It also provides policy development services, coordinates and assists with interdepartmental activities, and coordinates and leads all work related to access and privacy for the Department.
The Branch leads and coordinates Manitoba’ participation in the Federal/Provincial/Territorial social services forum and provides advice, support and information to the Deputy Minister. It also develops and provides the department with web services and technical support, as well as leadership and direction on information, decision support and internal communications related materials.
The Office of the Vulnerable Persons’ Commissioner ensures that the rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities to make decisions affecting their lives are respected and protected through the implementation of the substitute decision making provisions of The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act (VPA).
The Social Services Appeal Board (SSAB) ensures that Manitobans have access to fair, impartial and formal appeal process for decisions made by social services and programs administered by the Province of Manitoba. The SSAB hears appeals for a range of programs and services that include financial assistance programs and programs for persons with disabilities.
The Fair Practices Office (FPO) provides confidential, impartial assistance to Manitobans applying for, or receiving services under, select Manitoba Family Services and Manitoba Jobs and the Economy programs, who feel they have not been treated fairly. The FPO investigates complaints and mediates disputes. It also helps identify repetitive complaint patterns that may require systemic changes.