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Informed Consent

The ECC is a provider of services for children in mental health and autism. Families are considered to be an important participant. Depending on the service, a child or youth may be seen individually or in the context of his/her family. Children and or members of their family may also participate in group information sessions, workshops or counselling. 

Prior to the beginning of service at The ECC, the Service Coordinator will meet with the client to inform them about The ECC  and the services that are available to the child, youth, parent and or family. 

Before giving The ECC permission to go ahead and provide a mental health or autism service, we must ensure that clients have received an explanation of these services, that  this information is understood  and that clients are aware of the implications of providing consent.  The person giving the consent must be deemed competent, have the authority to provide informed consent  (e.g. a child over the age of 11, a parent or legal guardian) and be given the opportunity to seek advice or consultation elsewhere (including from other professional and non professionals) before making a decision to proceed.

Informed Consent at The ECC includes:

Receiving information about:

  • The ECC’s services, values, philosophy of treatment and standards of practise regarding mental health services for children and families.

  • The nature and purpose of the Centre’s services, limits of services provided by The ECC and alternatives.

  • The risks, benefits and issues to consider when participating in children’s mental health services and the possible consequences of not having the treatment/service.

  • Communication (process and method) between The ECC and its clients.

  • The assessment, service planning, review and discharge process.

  • Role of Clients in decision making and opportunities to participate in the service planning and review process.

  • Risk and safety planning

  • The Service Coordinator’s role and his/her availability for support, risk or safety issues and risk/safety management strategies

  • Client Rights and Client Responsibilities

  • Staff Rights and Staff Responsibilities

  • The Centre’s policy regarding Access and Destruction of Records maintained at The ECC

  • The Centre’s Privacy Policy: As the Privacy Officer of the Centre, the Executive Director determines the right to access for purposes of audit or legislation by accrediting or governing bodies and those who are granted access are obliged to sign Confidentiality agreements and observe the Centre’s Confidentiality and Privacy policies.

  • The Centre’s Privacy and Confidentiality and Release of Information practises. The ECC is required to obtain a specific Informed Consent to Release Information before releasing information to a third party. The exception to this practise is where release of information is required by law (e.g., reporting a risk, suspicion or event involving child neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse or where there is a child in need of protection to a Children’s Aid Society; informing someone in a position of authority if there is imminent danger of harm to self or others; or providing information as directed by the courts through subpoena, search warrant or other legal order).

  • The process by which the client, parent or legal guardian may access information contained within The ECC’s records regarding themselves or for whom they have the authority to access the information;

  • The ECC’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process. CQI includes the  use of formal (e.g.  Assessment questionnaires, Goal Progress, Outcome Measures, Client Satisfaction, etc.) and informal methods (Focus Groups, Suggestion boxes, Interviews, Website feedback). The client’s/legal guardian/parent has the right to decline participation in the CQI process, and service accessibility and provision will not be affected.

  • Activities at The ECC which are not related to their own service. This includes participation in/knowledge about Parents for Children’s Mental Health Ontario or Autism Ontario.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask The ECC staff or your Service Provider. 

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Contact us to learn more about informed consent when working with The ECC.


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Etobicoke, ON M9R 2S8

200 Ronson Dr., (4th floor)
Etobicoke, ON M9W 5Z9

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