Student Services

School Registration of Students in Care of Child Welfare Agencies

In Manitoba all students have the right to an education. Students in the care of a Child and Family Services Agency require a carefully planned and timely transition into school that establishes adequate supports to ensure student success.

A Child and Family Services Agency may assume the role of guardian or act on the guardian’s behalf. When this happens, the placing agency, school personnel, and others collaborate and share information to facilitate the student’s smooth transition into a new school.

Information for Schools, Students, and Families

In 2013, an interdepartmental protocol and companion document was developed for implementation:

The protocol was developed to improve information sharing, promote effective communication, and strengthen joint planning among educators, school-based teams, child and family services workers, family members and students. Further, the protocol promotes consistency of practice across Manitoba.

The protocol assists in assessment, planning and responding to significant transitions for children and youth in care, including:

  • Intake/registration
  • changing living arrangements (including entering/existing foster care)
  • moving to a different school
  • re-entering the education system

The processes and strategies outlined in the protocol are designed to support children and youth in care in achieving educational and personal success. The guidelines are consistent with the principles of trauma-informed practice. The protocol emphasizes the importance of school continuity when considering any change in placements. The School Registration Form for Children and Youth in Care is contained in this document.

Legislation, Standards and Policies

Regulations have been put in place to support Appropriate Educational Programming:


General Enquiries
Inclusion Support Branch
Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning
Telephone: 204-945-7912
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7912