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Province's adult abuse registry first of its kind in Canada

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The province’s new adult abuse registry is now in place to help protect vulnerable adults and patients living in health-care settings from abuse and neglect.

Health Minister Theresa Oswald and Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard said today the registry, the first of its kind in Canada, will help prevent individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable people from working with them in the future.

Oswald said the names of individuals who have abused or neglected adults with an intellectual disability began to be placed on the registry in January, when it became operational.

New regulations coming into effect on March 15 require the province's Protection for Persons in Care Office to refer cases where an individual was found to have abused or neglected a patient in a hospital or personal care home to the registry, where a committee would decide whether or not to include the name.

Offenders convicted of a crime against a vulnerable person are automatically placed on the registry. When there is no conviction, the name of the person can also be referred to the appointed adult abuse registry committee to see if they should be included. Fees for registry checks will be waived for volunteers.

For more information about the registry, click here.

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