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Hospital Cooperates with CAS
May 21, 2013 permalink
Bluewater Health has created a protocol with Sarnia Children's Aid. The hospital will report child injuries to CAS and cooperate with CAS to keep parents away from their children.
Bluewater Health enters into formal agreement with CAS
There are moments, every once in a while, when staff at Bluewater Health need to call the Children's Aid Society.
Sometimes a baby is born with drugs in his or her system, or children show up with broken arms, broken legs, or suspicious bruising, said Dawn Flegel, executive director with Sarnia-Lambton's CAS.
“The hospital would have a duty to report those concerns to our organization,” she said.
A committee of Children's Aid and Bluewater Health representatives recently inked a formal protocol that outlines what needs to happen when those sort of incidents occur.
That can include restricting family members' access, or supervised visits. An emergency response officer is called whenever there's potential for volatile behaviour or violence.
The protocol includes newborns and children up to age 16.
“It's not a change,” said Jennifer Black, manager with Bluewater Health's Maternal, Infant Child Program. “All that we've done is put together what we've already been doing in writing.”
It's put into practice about 30 times per year, Flegel said.
“People come and go in organizations and it's always good to have things written down to solidify and validate what was already happening in terms of best practice,” she said.
Source: Sarnia Observer