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6. Sponsoring Agencies

Recommended Procedure

Typically, the agency that sponsors the APSW program would meet the following criteria:

  • The agency offers ‘generic’ community services rather than delivering developmental services. The rationale is to mitigate against conflict of interest situations where the APSW, in advocating on behalf of an individual, comes into conflict with the services offered by the sponsoring agency. Where it is not possible to locate the APSW program an agency that offers generic services, the developmental services agency would develop a written policy that sets out the process for resolving potential conflict of interest situations in a manner that does not restrict the APSW from fulfilling their mandate and role as set out in these guidelines. The sponsoring agency could also be one that offers developmental services that are primarily support services such as case management versus those agencies that provide ‘core’ services such as residential or community participation supports.
  • The agency expresses a commitment to the APSW program and develops a written mission statement, service principles and a statement of individuals’ rights that supports the role and function of the Adult Protective Worker as set out in the policy guidelines and legislation.
  • The agency is appropriate in terms of the type of services offered, geographic location, is barrier free and is accessible by public transit (where available).
  • The agency does not charge a fee to individuals who are supported by the APSW program.
  • NOTE: The APSW program is base-funded by the Ministry and APSW services and supports, like other professional and specialized supports, are excluded from direct funding provisions as outlined in the SIPDDA (i.e. individuals cannot receive direct funding to purchase APSW supports).

The Adult Protective Service Manager

The APSW program would have the benefit of a manager who is available to provide frequent and regular supervision of the APSWs.

The program manager should have thorough knowledge, and be supportive of, the mandate as well as the role and function of the APSW.

The program manager should have a thorough knowledge of the legislative requirements under the SIPDDA, including all mandatory requirements of the Quality Assurance Measures Regulation 299/10 for service agencies.

The role of the program manager is to lead and be actively involved in building community capacity in their area.

Staff Development

Typically, the sponsoring agency for the APSW program would make training available to APSWs to:

  • Provide orientation and training to new staff as the agency deems necessary and appropriate.
  • Provide regular, individual training opportunities for existing APSWs to enhance their skills and knowledge about disability-related issues and broader community issues. This may include supporting an APSW’s participation in professional associations.
  • Provide regular training opportunities to managers of the APSWs that would enhance their skills and knowledge in the supervision of the program.