Subsidiary 6 – Social services

Find stream definitions, benchmark listings and classes and point bands for social services, including medical and rehabilitative services.


Evaluators need to understand why the job exists, determine the focus of the work and have a sound understanding of the job responsibilities, then assess it against the:

  • stream definitions for each Subsidiary by considering the stream descriptor in its entirety rather than isolated phrases
  • guide charts
  • benchmark jobs developed for each Subsidiary and Stream, which identify the number of levels and characterize the difference between the work in each level in a Stream

In some cases, it may be necessary to assess the work by using the guide charts and benchmarks for the management plan.

The following questions can be used as a guide:

  • Which Subsidiary and Stream do the job responsibilities fall within?
  • What is the rating?
  • Which benchmark job aligns with the kind and level of work?
  • Where appropriate, do the job responsibilities compare to the Management Job Evaluation Plan and the benchmarks?

Work currently performed within the Social Services, including medical and rehabilitative services, component of the Government of Alberta has been evaluated using a point rating system. To assess whether a job falls within the Social Services component, consider the type of work performed. Determine the focus of the job: why does the job exist? Once you have clarified the job's purpose, determine whether the job belongs in this Subsidiary and, if so, in which Stream. In general, the work in this component has a focus on the social services system. Three groupings have been recognized in the Social Services component of the Alberta Public Service. These are:

Stream definitions

  • Child and Youth Care

    The work in this stream is primarily working with children and youth in both secure and open residential care centres. For the most part, this work is performed within a multi-disciplinary team, and is focused on ensuring the treatment or care plan developed by the team for each child/youth is followed. Work in this stream is often focused on hands-on, direct services and support in a treatment milieu. This stream also includes the supervision of the front-line function, as well as facilitating reintegration into homes and communities. The goal is to maintain or re-establish the family unit.

  • Human Services

    Within the social services framework, this stream encompasses professional work applying a combination of behavioural theories, social services systems and/or program know-how to deliver services for the wellbeing of vulnerable children, youth, adults, and families. Acting within legislative parameters, the work includes intake, assessment, facilitation for planning and/or access to services, consultation, case management, mediation, monitoring, and licensing. The work is primarily focused on direct client service delivery, working with external partners, and/or leading front line staff in ensuring consistent application of policy, standards and practice through, but not limited to:

    • protecting children and youth from harmful situations and ensuring their well-being through prevention and intervention services, supports and resources (for example, intervention, guardianship, kinship and foster care, adoption)
    • preparing families with children to access the court system, including facilitating and mediating family disputes (for example, divorce, separation, child custody and access)
    • supporting individuals with disabilities, and working with families to plan and access services and community resources for independent living
    • licensing child care centres (for example, daycare, family day home, out-of-school care programs)
    • authority and responsibility to make decisions on behalf of persons who are unable to represent themselves

    The goal is to enhance self-reliance, social functioning and overall well-being of individuals within the family and community.

  • Psychology

    The work in this stream is focused on working with children and youth in care, typically in child and youth care centres. This is specialized work, applying psychological knowledge and theories to a variety of situations. Often the work is performed in multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement care or treatment or behaviour support plans. Positions assess the level of risk individual clients pose to themselves, to others in the centre, and to the public. The goal of the work is to support the work in the specific program or centre, and is often focused on assessment, risk reduction, and on crisis intervention.

  • Licensed Practical Nurse

    This work provides licensed practical nursing services within a defined scope of practice to carry out patient care focusing on promotion of wellness, maintenance of health and prevention of illness. The work typically includes monitoring physical and mental health conditions, recording patients' progress, taking vital signs, communicating health findings in collaboration with the physician and other regulated health care professionals, and administering treatment and medications in accordance with the physician's and other regulated health care professionals' orders.

  • Medical and Health

    The work is primarily involved in the area of health services. The work involves applying specific clinical knowledge, such as nursing, to maintain or improve quality of life, investigating sudden deaths, or improving the delivery of health services and programs for Albertans. Work in this stream involves delivery of medical or paramedical interventions for individuals in residential, transitional and step-down facilities; conducting medical examiner investigations; or developing health policy requiring the application of theory and applied knowledge, and consulting with stakeholders in the health system.

  • Medical Support

    The primary focus of the work is to assist medical professionals with the provision of medicinal para-dental supports in dentistry and pharmacy to individuals with disabilities. The work typically involves: assessment, observation, recording, and preparing for dental procedures.

  • Rehabilitation

    This professional-level work is primarily involved in assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to enhance their quality of life or improving rehabilitative programs through consultation. Work in this stream involves developing and leading the implementation of specialized rehabilitative plans, such as individual support plans through meaningful activities and therapeutic interventions in a variety of daily living situations. The Rehabilitative Specialists (Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists) consult with other professionals in the rehabilitative field.

Benchmark listings

Classes and point bands

Table 1. Subsidiary 6 classes and point bands

Class numberClass titleMinimumMaximum
Classes listed on 'Schedule A' for Subsidiary 6
061HSHuman Services Worker 1192227
062HSHuman Services Worker 2228268
063HSHuman Services Worker 3269313
064HSHuman Services Worker 4314370
065HSHuman Services Worker 5371438
066HSHuman Services Worker 6439518
067HSHuman Services Worker 7519613
064CYChild and Youth Care Worker 1314370
064CCChild and Youth Care Worker 1C314370
065CYChild and Youth Care Worker 2371438
066CYChild and Youth Care Worker 3439518
065PYPsychology Assistant371438
066PYPsychologist 1/Clinician439518
067PYPsychologist 2519613

Table 2. Subsidiary 6 classes and point bands

Class numberClass titleMinimumMaximum
Classes listed on 'Schedule A-1' for Subsidiary 6
06XGNGraduate Nurse
061LPLicensed Practical Nurse233233
063MHMedical and Health 1269313
064MHMedical and Health 2314370
065MHMedical and Health 3371438
066MHMedical and Health 4439518
061MSMedical Support 1192227
062RBRehabilitation 1228268
063RBRehabilitation 2269313
064RBRehabilitation 3314370
065RBRehabilitation 4371438
066RBRehabilitation 5439518