Rights of Youth in Residential Care
Youth receiving residential services and support at Craigwood have the right to:
- Service and care respecting their culture, gender and religious beliefs and practices.
- Participate in the development of their Treatment Plan or Plan of Care
- Visit privately and regularly with their family, unless a judge orders otherwise.
- Send and receive mail that hasn’t been read by others unless a security concern has been identified.
- Speak in private with his/her lawyer.
- Personal privacy and his/her own possessions (some restrictions may apply).
- Receive an education according to personal aptitude and ability.
- Worship and receive religious instruction.
- Good nutritious meals.
- Regular medical and dental care.
- Participate in recreational activities in a community setting (when appropriate).
- Understand the rules of the program they are involved in.
- Freedom from abuse of any kind: verbal, physical, sexual and emotional.
The rights of children are protected in Ontario by legislation under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA.) This link will provide the complete text of the Act, which includes provisions for protecting those who are in the custody of Children’s Aid, Youth Justice and other service agencies.
The rights of children and youth in Ontario are also protected by:
If you feel your rights have not been respected, some ways to raise your concerns are outlined in our Complaints process, here.