Workshops and training initiatives are focused on several areas, that are listed below.

The Child Welfare Institute offers workshops and learning opportunities for individuals who are working with children at risk of maltreatment and vulnerable families as well as those who are interested in pursuing a career in these areas.

Workshops and training initiatives that are focused on include:

  • Promoting on-the-job competencies; 
  • Enhancing clinical skills in working with at-risk children and families; 
  • Realizing evidence based practice and building research capacity; 
  • Organizing symposia in specialized topics; 
  • Advancing professional development and leadership competencies for  front-line practioners and management; 
  • Enhancing student placement opportunities; 
  • Partnering with Universities and Colleges to provide advanced level training;

External trainings are offered to the public at various intervals.

For detailed course offerings, please visit our website at: www.castcwi.pdplace.com


Student Placement


The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST) is committed to developing partnerships with educational institutions to offer meaningful learning opportunities for students and staff through participating together in a process of integrating practice skills with the knowledge, value and theory base of the profession.


CAST offers placement opportunities in the following areas:

Social Work, BSW/MSW/SSW

Child & Youth Work,  CYW


CAST accepts student placement applications three times a year for placement commencing in September, January and May. The number of placement opportunities per term is limited as it is based on the number of Field Instructors available at our agency.


Application Process

Master of Social Worker (MSW) and Bachelor of Social Worker (BSW):

The Practicum Coordinator from each college/university, who coordinates student placements, will contact the Manager of Training & Development at CAST to indicate the student(s) selected to be interviewed for placement in the program. We ask that all requests for placements be directed to the Placement Coordinator at your college/university, who will then contact us directly.

Social Service Worker (SSW)

Students can submit their resume directly to the following email address studentplacement@torontocas.ca. Once submitted, an automatically generated email will be sent confirming receipt of the application.


***Please not that due to the large volume of applications, we are able to contact only those candidates who are selected for an interview. Interviews are not a guarantee of a placement offer.



All students completing their placements with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto must be able to provide an original Vulnerable Sector Police check that is current within 1 year.




Out & Proud Affirmation Guidelines

Practice Guidelines for Equity in Gender and Sexual Diversity

Executive Summary

"When we hold our baby in the nursery for the first time, no one tells us that our baby might be gay. By the time we know who are children are, we may have hurt them in many ways. No one teaches us how to help and protect our gay and or transgender children. We may think we can help by trying to change them - but we need to love them for who they are"  

For more information and to purchase a copy of the guidelines, please inquire directly at 416-924-4640 ext 2986 or email: outandproud@torontocas.ca

Research and
Program Evaluation

The Research & Evaluation team at the Child Welfare Institute provide numerous services related to program evaluation and research.

Click here to learn more or 
call 416-924-4640 ext 2780