Proposed New Serious Occurrence Reporting Regulations under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA)
Bill or Act:
Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
Summary of Proposal:
Serious Occurrence Reporting (SOR) is one of many tools providing the ministry and the service provider with an effective means of monitoring the appropriateness and quality of service delivery. Monitoring includes an ongoing review of service provider practices procedures, and training needs. SOR ensures the timely communication of information regarding serious occurrences involving children and/or young persons.
The ministry has undertaken considerable partner and stakeholder engagement and has received more than 60 submissions in response to the SOR Regulation and Implementation Discussion Guide that was distributed to internal and external partners and stakeholders.
The ministry also engaged with representative bodies for additional in-person discussion and feedback.
The ministry continues to lead development of 'new' SOR regulations working with ministry partners and MCSS.
While the ministry works with relevant partners and stakeholders to finalize content for the new regulations, the ministry is proposing to import the existing SOR regulatory provisions in O.Reg. 70/102 that only apply to licensees operating a children's residence for proclamation on April 1, 2018.
The existing SOR regulatory provisions in O.Reg 70/102 for residential licensees set out when a serious occurrence will be reported to the ministry, within the required timelines, and who must be notified in the event of a serious occurrence.
The existing SOR requirements in current ministry policy will continue to apply to service providers, and the imported existing regulations that apply to licensees operating a children's residence are proposed to be imported into regulation under the CYFSA.
The imported existing SOR regulatory provisions will be amended once the new regulations are finalized at a future date (Phase 2).
The proposed new SOR regulations will build on current ministry policy and feedback from internal and external partners and stakeholders to inform the new regulatory requirements.
December 11, 2017
Comments Due Date:
January 26, 2018
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
56 Wellesley St West, 15th Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 2S3