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The 'St Clair Child & Youth' Agency

St. Clair Child & Youth Services is a key component of the social infrastructure of Sarnia-Lambton. It is regarded as the primary advocate and source for services related to mental health of our children and youth. St. Clair Child & Youth Services is a accredited member of Children's Mental Health Ontario.

Our Mission

We are a progressive Children's Mental Health Centre dedicated to helping children, youth and families with coping and adapting to life's challenges.

Our Values:

With the people we serve

  • We treat you with respect, honesty, compassion and fairness
  • We work to enhance your ability to solve your own problems
  • We respect your privacy and honour diversity
  • Working together we explore, advise, teach, challenge, support and advocate
  • We give and expect feedback on how you are doing and how we are doing

Within our organization

  • We treat each other with respect, honesty, compassion and fairness
  • We promote teamwork, learning, sharing of ideas, creativity and the development of new skills and leadership
  • We accept personal responsibility and accountability to our community, clients, funders, and co-workers in the delivery of quality programs and services

Within our community

  • We strive to meet the diverse and changing needs of children, families and our community by working collaboratively with other organizations
  • We strive to advance understanding and awareness of good mental health practices through education, consultation and advocacy

Community Partners Threat/Risk Assessment Notification and Fair Notice

St. Clair Child & Youth Services is committed to ensuring a safe community. In extreme cases when a child's behaviour poses a potential threat to their own or others' well-being, the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA) agencies will take further steps to safeguard everyone.

The VTRA protocol outlines how St. Clair Child & Youth Services, along with other community partners, will respond immediately to threatening incidents including, but not limited to: possession of a weapon or replica weapon, bomb threat or plan, verbal or written (including electronic) threats to harm oneself or others, other threats of violence, and fire setting.

The initial response team is likely to include School personnel and the police but should conditions warrant, a Community Threat Assessment Team will be convened. This community team includes representatives of schools, and community agencies including St. Clair Child & Youth Services, who work collaboratively to keep our schools and community safe.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child will be discussed through the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol. If parents/guardians cannot be reached, or if they choose not to provide consent, but a concern for safety still exists due to threatening behaviour, the threat assessment may still proceed. Personal information shared throughout this process with respect and balance each individual's right to privacy with the need to ensure the safety of all.

As always, a child's safety is our first priority. This information will be included in our orientation information and is available on our website. If you have any questions regarding the Community Violence Risk Threat Assessment Protocol, please speak with your agency case manager.


Privacy Statement

St. Clair Child & Youth Services protects and respects the privacy of the personal information of its employees, clients, and other shareholders. Personal information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. Exceptions as identified by the Privacy Act: business contact information and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories, are not considered personal information.

During the course of providing services, we gather and use personal information. This information is held in the strictest confidence and carefully protected. We do not use the information for purposes other than those for which it was originally collected. If we wish to use your information for any purposes we will first seek your consent.

St. Clair Child & Youth Services operates with Policies and Procedures to protect your personal information and can be reviewed upon request.

If you wish to review the personal information we hold on you or if you have any questions, concerns, or complaints relating to St. Clair Child & Youth Services' treatment of personal information you can contact the Privacy Officer at 519-337-3701. We will make every effort to respond to your request within 30 days.

Further information on privacy and your rights in regard to your personal information may be found on the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at www.privcom.gc.ca

Funding

The Agency is funded by the Government of Ontario, the County of Lambton, the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, fee for service, as well private and corporate donations.

There is no direct charge to clients for services.

Services

The agency's services are provided by multi-disciplinary teams of psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychometrists, child and youth care workers, family support facilitators and primary prevention workers.