Complaints and Concerns
This FPSS Society is in complete agreement, and compliance with the existing “BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Complaint Process”. The principles the Ministry has cited in this document will be adhered to and used as the Society’s essential credo.
The FPSS Society understands, agrees with, and is committed to the following:
- Contractors from whom the ministry purchases services must be guided by the ministry’s complaints policy
and the client dispute mechanisms outlined in relevant accreditation standards.
- Contractors dispute mechanisms must meet or exceed the standard of the ministry’s complaints process.
- Contractor compliance with the ministry’s complaints policy will be included in the ministry’s standard
- Contractors must ensure that their clients have access to information about any complaints procedures they
have, as well as the ministry’s complaints process.
- Contractors may not make complaints relating to specific services they are contracted to deliver. They may
bring concerns about client service to the attention of appropriate ministry staff and may encourage and aid
clients in utilizing the ministry’s complaints process and/ or in seeking an advocate or other supports. They may
advocate for any clients in respect to services they are not contracted to deliver.
Generally, in accordance with the principle of local resolution, contractors shall attempt to resolve any client concerns about their services brought to their attention. If the contractor is not able to resolve the concern with the complainant, the complaint must be referred to the region’s designated complaint reviewer for further review.
Complainants who have not attempted local resolution with a contractor prior to contacting the designated complaints reviewer will be encouraged to attempt local resolution with the contractor before making a formal complaint.
The FPSS Society recognizes that quality assurance, accountability and openness are fundamental to our success. We are committed to best practices and strive at all times for quality improvement.
The FPSS Society will:
- provide the foster parents, (and the Ministry) of the Vancouver Island Region with quality service
- be receptive to caregiver feedback; and
- address complaints and conflicts; review our actions and decisions in order to provide the best practice to caregivers.
The FPSS Society will seek to prevent complaints and conflicts by establishing and maintaining open, receptive lines of communication with caregivers and the Ministry by utilizing participative, cooperative approaches to accomplish even-handed solutions.
The FPSS Society will:
- publish material about the organization’s Complaints Process, and ensure that it is readily available to all caregivers so they may pursue their complaint.
- provide information about the Ministry’s Complaints Process so they may pursue their complaint with the Ministry if they are not satisfied with the resolution provided by our internal process.
- ensure the Ministry is aware of complaints the Organization has received about their contracted services via a written report re: complaint – process – resolution – outcome.
All complaints will immediately be directed to the Executive Director for possible resolution. The Executive Director will ensure the Chairperson and Board of Directors is made aware of the complaint, and report on the progress of resolution / outcome. If the complaint cannot be resolved internally to the complainant’s satisfaction, the complainant will be formally notified of the Ministry’s Complaints Process.
- Fair, equitable, resolution to complaints / conflicts
- Caregivers are provided with a responsive, open complaint process which ensures their concerns are heard, given consideration, and addressed
- Ministry is provided with meaningful feedback re: Client service satisfaction
- The complainant speaks with the Executive Director within 2 calendar weeks of the issue.
- If the issue remains unresolved, then within 2 calendar weeks a written statement of the issue should be submitted to the FPSSS Board of Directors at its next meeting.
- The FPSSS Board of Directors will reply in writing with a proposed solution as soon as is practical after the meeting.
- If the complainant is not satisfied with the proposed solution, the Parties shall mutually agree on the name of a mediator. (The term “mediator” does not tie the parties to a ‘professional mediator’, but merely any suitable and agreed to third party.)
- If the Parties are unable to agree on a mediator within fifteen (15) days after one of the Parties has requested mediation, the issue will be brought to the attention of the Ministry of Children and Family Development so the complainant may pursue their complaint with the ministry, if they are not satisfied with the resolution provided by the Society’s internal process.