Helping children, youth and their families: Integrating care and respecting client confidentiality

In brief

When children and youth access services from more than one organization, it often becomes necessary for the various organizations to exchange information in order to coordinate services effectively. In order to comply with the different legal specifications on the sharing of information, consent needs to be obtained. An integrated care model of consent allows service providers to share client information and work together in a coordinated manner.

A new report, developed by the Student Support Leadership Initiative, looks at issues related to consent and confidentiality. EENet has developed a Research Report Round-up of the report “Helping Children, Youth and their Families: Integrating Care and Respecting Client Confidentiality.”

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Title and link to report: Helping Children, Youth and their Families: Integrating Care and Respecting Client Confidentiality 
Authors: Solomon, R. and Skinner, A. 
Date of report: 2013
Location: Toronto
Population addressed: Children, youth and their families accessing health services 
Type of study: Report

 

What this report is about

When children and youth access services from more than one organization, it often becomes necessary for the various organizations to exchange information in order to coordinate services effectively. In order to comply with the different legal specifications on the sharing of information, consent needs to be obtained. An integrated care model of consent allows service providers to share client information and work together in a coordinated manner. 

This report looks at the following issues: 

  • Consent, competency and ages of consent to treatment, counseling and care
  • The general principles of confidentiality
  • Statutory obligations of confidentiality

How this report can be used

Though there are different common law, equitable and statutory requirements for collecting, using and disclosing client information, it is possible to develop a single set of policies that meet all these legal obligations. Institutional will is therefore necessary in developing a model of integrated care and information policies, where clients understand the policies and can give or withhold consent. 

This report is a resource for those working with children and youth. It provides solutions to reduce information exchange barriers across sectors and disciplines in the provision of services. It also provides a model for sharing information with cross-sectoral colleagues, while adhering to privacy and confidentiality laws and restrictions. 

Key words: children, youth, confidentiality, integrated care

Contact: Student Support Leadership Initiative, www.mentalhealth4kids.ca 
Language of report: English