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For Immediate Release

March 7, 2011

Ministry of Children and Family Development





VICTORIA – Jagdeep Rakhara believes all children should have the same opportunities to participate in their neighbourhoods and communities.


Each day, the social worker, who supports children and youth with special needs and their families, works hard to ensure the best interests of the children she works with are always considered in decisions which affect them. No matter what challenges or opportunities Rakhara faces, her efforts – like those of thousands of social and front-line workers – always focus on improving and strengthening the lives of the children and families she comes into contact with.


March 7-13 is Social Work Week in British Columbia, a time to recognize and celebrate the vital role, commitment and dedication of social work practitioners in our hospitals, schools, mental health and treatment facilities, child and family programs, youth outreach, resource and counselling centres and on the front lines of the province’s child protection system.


Social work practitioners touch the lives of thousands of British Columbia families. From direct services to children and youth, First Nations, seniors, people with physical or mental health concerns and disadvantaged members of our society to researching and developing policy, social work practitioners are integral in helping people overcome challenges and achieve their goals and aspirations.




Mary Polak, Minister of Children and Family Development:

“The expertise offered by social workers is essential to the creation of strong, healthy families supported, in turn, by inclusive and engaged communities. They help society’s most vulnerable children, families and individuals through crises and troubled times. Social work practitioners really do make a difference – and they deserve our appreciation.”


Kevin Krueger, Minister of Social Development:

“Social work is demanding and requires sound judgement, competence, integrity and compassion. Our ministry staff work as a collaborative team with community social workers to assist vulnerable people, ensuring they get the supports and help that they need.”


Jagdeep Rakhara, social worker:

“I am a strong believer in supporting, educating and advocating for families who have children with special needs. Holding the hand of a family and watching them grow is such a rewarding experience. I love knowing that I can make a difference in other people’s lives.”



Quick Facts:

·         The total number of Ministry of Children and Family Development front-line social workers in February 2011 was 2,248 – compared to 1,803 in 2005.

·         These social workers perform roles in mental health, child protection, adoption, residential home resource, probation, child and youth with special needs and multi-disciplinary functions.

·         Many more social work and front-line practitioners are graduates of other programs, including areas such as child and youth care, and MAs and PhDs in counselling and clinical psychology.

·         The current number of trained social workers working within Aboriginal Delegated Agencies has grown from 70 in 2006 to almost 315 at the end of 2010.

·         There are 12 social work degree programs offered by six public post-secondary institutions in B.C., seven bachelor of social work programs and five masters of social work.

·         Last year, more than 335 men and women graduated with a social work degree from B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions.



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Media Contact:


Christine Ash


Ministry of Children and Family Development

250 356-1639



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