In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Children and Youth Services Division of the Department of Health and Community Services oversees the quality and delivery of child welfare services under the direction of the Provincial Director of Child, Youth and Family Services. The Provincial Director has legislated responsibility for establishing and monitoring provincial policies, programs, and standards.
Four regional health authorities deliver health and social services throughout the province. Each regional authority appoints a director who oversees the delivery of child, youth and family services within the region. Children who need to be removed from their families for protective intervention are placed in the legal guardianship (called the care and custody) of the director of each regional authority. The directors of each region delegate their responsibilities for child, youth and family services to registered social workers employed by the regional health authorities.