What is the Residential Placement Advisory Committee (RPAC)?

Contact Brant coordinates RPAC reviews, according to requirements outlined in the Child, Youth and Family Services Act for residential facilities with 10 beds or more, for Brant children and youth to ensure appropriateness of their placement.

Service providers must notify Contact Brant within 7 days of a placement being made so that an RPAC review can be held within 45 days of the placement. Children 12 years of age and older who object to their placement can also request an RPAC review by calling Contact Brant.

An RPAC Review will:

Determine whether the child/youth has a special need.

Consider the programs available for the child/youth in the residential placement and whether the program is likely to benefit the child/youth.

Consider whether the residential placement is appropriate for the child/youth in the circumstances.

Specify an alternative placement if it considers the placement inappropriate.

Consider the importance of continuity in the child/youth's care and the possible effect on the child/youth of disruption of that continuity.

Consider the importance of preserving the child/youth's cultural identity, especially where the child is Indigenous.

Recommend a referral regarding a type of service or the continuation of a current service.

Identify the agency/person responsible for follow up on recommendations.

Contact Brant reports the recommendations of each RPAC review to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Who is on the RPAC Review Team?

Contact Brant chairs the meeting. Team members are one representative from a children’s service provider, an ‘Informed Citizen’, and where the child/youth has Indigenous heritage, a local Indigenous service provider or Band Representative. The residential placement agency and the child/youth and family are asked to attend.

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