Contact Brant coordinates the Brant RPAC according to legislative requirements outlined in the Child, Youth and Family Services Act.
What is RPAC?
The Residential Placement Advisory Committee reviews all residential placements for Brant children who are placed in a facility with 10 beds or more when the placement is intended to last 90 days or more.
An RPAC is initiated when Contact Brant receives notification from a service provider of a residential placement. The service provider must notify Contact Brant within 7 days after a placement occurs. The RPAC review must occur within 45 days of placement.
RPAC also reviews all placements at least once during each nine month period that the placement continues following the initial review, as well as every residential placement of a child 12 years of age or older who objects to the placement.
An RPAC review will:
- Determine whether the child has a special need
- Consider the programs available for the child in the residential placement and whether the program is likely to benefit the child
- Consider whether the residential placement is appropriate for the child in the circumstances
- Specify an alternative placement if it considers the placement inappropriate
- Consider the importance of continuity in the child’s care and the possible effect on the child of disruption of that continuity
- Consider the importance of preserving the child’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 and findings 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 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.