We take pride in our ability to work with the families and children we serve to find shared resolutions to concerns and complaints. If you are not satisfied with the service you have received from us, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with your worker. If you have done this and remain unsatisfied, there are a number of ways you can continue to seek resolution.
You can contact your worker’s supervisor to arrange a conversation either in person or on the phone.
If you have spoken with your worker and his/her supervisor, and your concerns remain unresolved, you can contact the appropriate Service Director to request a conversation or meeting. The Service Director will work with you and the staff to resolve your concerns. The worker and supervisor may also be present at the meeting. If you wish, you may bring someone to support you during this or any future discussion of your concerns.
Our Internal Complaint and Review Process (outlined below) offers a fair and open method to have your concerns or complaints resolved, if you have been unable to do so through the informal means identified above, or if you choose not to.
At any time during the Complaint and Review Process, you may bring another person with you for support or to help interpret your concern if you are more comfortable communicating in a language other than English. Please note that the Complaint and Review Process will not be used for issues which are currently before the court or matters that are subject to another decision-making process under the Child, Youth and Family Service Act or the Labour Relations Act.
To begin a review of your concern or complaint with the ICRP, you must put it in writing, using this form, and send it to the Director of Child Welfare at CCAS of Hamilton. The complaint will be reviewed by the Society within 7 days to determine whether it is eligible for review. The Society is required to provide you with a written response to notify you that either:
· Your complaint is not eligible for review and the reasons why, or;
· Your complaint is eligible and will be reviewed by the ICRP, and you will be provided with a date and time for a meeting.
If your complaint is eligible for review, the ICRP will meet with you in person at a time that is convenient for you and the members of the panel within 14 days after you have received the response from the ICRP, or later if you request it. The panel chosen by the Executive Director of the agency will be comprised of senior agency staff not involved with the family and a person not employed by the agency (this could be a member of the Board of Directors of CCAS.) You may bring a representative with you to this meeting. If you are a member of a band or aboriginal community, you may also bring a representative of your band or aboriginal community. The panel will review your concerns and discuss them with you at the meeting.
Within 14 days after the meeting, the ICRP will send you a written summary of the meeting, including any agreed upon steps. The decisions of the agency, once it has completed this formal review process, are final.
For more information on this process please contact CCAS at 905-525-2012.
You may ask the Child and Family Services Review Board (CFSRB) at the Ministry of Children and Youth to review your complaint. In order to do so your complaint must meet one of the following criteria.
You claim that CCAS has:
You may contact the Child and Family Services Review Board if you claim inaccuracy in your file at CCAS. This complaint about file accuracy can only be made after it has been heard by CCAS’s Internal Complaint Review Panel.
Your request for a review at the Child and Family Services Review Board will need to be in writing on a prescribed form available through the Child and Family Services Review Board. This website provides additional information about the CFSRB process.
Decisions of the Board cannot be appealed. However, if you have concerns about the Board, the Ontario Ombudsman may investigate complaints and may report and make recommendations arising from such reviews.
Ontario’s Child Advocate provides advocacy services and can receive and respond to complaints from children and youth. If you are a child or youth, you may complain directly to the Advocate about any matter, without beginning or completing a process to complain to a society’s internal complaints review panel.
The Advocate can also conduct investigations. You can ask for an investigation once you have tried to resolve your complaint through the steps listed above.
If you believe that your right to be served in French has not been respected, you may file a complaint with the French Language Services Commissioner.
Are you or a family member involved with a children’s aid society in Ontario? Here is some additional information about legal rights and available resources. Please click on the link below.