Regulations relating to requirements for societies when receiving referrals, conducting child protection investigations and providing ongoing services, as well as relating to children in care
Bill or Act:
Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
Summary of Proposal:
Requirements for societies when receiving referrals, conducting child protection investigations and providing ongoing services:
Regulations regarding procedures for societies when receiving referrals, conducting child protection investigations and providing ongoing child protection services are proposed to be remade under the CYFSA. Minor changes to the current regulations under the CFSA are proposed to align terminology and numbering with the CYFSA.
Children in society care:
Existing regulations which set out procedures for societies with respect to children in care are proposed to be remade under the CYFSA. Changes are proposed to: further promote child safety and well-being, accountability, align terminology and numbering with the CYFSA.
Proposed changes relating to mandatory visits with children in care would remove the current discretion for a Local Director to direct that a child in care be visited at an interval that is longer than once every three months. Children in care would need to be visited at minimum once every three months to ensure that there is regular engagement and planning with the child, and to support their safety and well-being in the placement. A new regulatory requirement is proposed for societies to ensure that each visit with a child in care includes a meeting in private between the worker and the child and that the private meeting is documented. This requirement aligns with existing Ministry policy and is intended to support children and youth to have an opportunity to speak freely about issues relevant to their care.
• Regulation 70 under the CFSA
• O. Reg 206/00 under the CFSA
December 12, 2017
Comments Due Date:
January 26, 2018
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
56 Wellesley St West, 15th Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 2S3