November 2016

College reviewing sexual abuse task force report

We have received the recommendations of the Minister's Sexual Abuse Task Force and are reviewing them thoroughly. We are waiting for further information from the Ministry.

In 2015, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, asked all Ontario health regulatory colleges to provide the task force with information about their measures for preventing and dealing with sexual abuse of patients. Read CNO’s response, which includes recommending improvements to funding for victims and assisting with the discipline process.

Nurses should continue to report to the appropriate regulatory college if they believe that another health care professional has sexually abused a client. For more information about this and other mandatory requirements, read the Mandatory Reporting Guide

We are committed to doing the work needed to eliminate all sexual abuse of clients and look forward to working with government on the task force’s recommendations.

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