Faculty of Education Summer Institute webinar 2 features panel discussion on child welfare and the education system

The Faculty of Education Summer Institute (FESI) 2020-21, will present the second webinar of its ‘Conversations on Anti-Oppression’ series on October 21 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The event “What does the journey towards Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive practice look like in a child welfare agency” will look at The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS) which receives almost 5,000 referrals a year about children and youth who may be in need of protection, the majority of which come from schools and the police. These referrals are disproportionately about Black children, and this disproportionality maintains itself throughout the child welfare service continuum, culminating in a significant overrepresentation of Black children/youth in care.

Featured speakers Carol Wade (Child Protection Supervisor, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto), Kate Schumaker (Manager, Quality Assurance & Outcome Measurement, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto), Priscilla Manful (Manager, Intake Services, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto ) and Vanessa Cocco (Chief Social Worker, Toronto Catholic District School Board ) will share reflections about what the journey towards Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression practice has looked like both at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and in Education, the data and feedback from the Black community that have compelled action, and the beginning dialogue about the ways in which child welfare and education can join forces to help families receive the support they need without unnecessary intrusiveness and/or surveillance.

The session will be moderated by Carl James (York University Professor and Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora) and Jack Nigro (Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum at the Durham District School Board).

Registration is free! Register online at https://eduforms.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=181034 by October 20, 2020.

For more information on upcoming webinars for FESI 2020-21 visit https://fesi.blog.yorku.ca/.