Adult Abuse Reporting & Resources - VCH ReAct - Vancouver Coastal Health

VCH ReAct

About the Program

Vancouver Coastal Health established ReAct to provide education and a response program to ensure that VCH frontline care providers are aware of and understand their obligations in relation to the identification, assessment and reporting of situations involving abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults.

ReAct provides VCH front line care workers with information and supports to ensure that you have:

  1. an ability to recognize the abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults
  2. know how and where to report suspected cases of abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults
  3. reliable and up-to-date information and resources on adult abuse, neglect and self-neglect.

The Adult Guardianship Act (Part 3) gives VCH enhanced powers to intervene in emergencies and to investigate situations in which vulnerable adults are living at risk. The Adult Guardianship Act applies to abuse, neglect or self-neglect in a public place, the adult's home, a care facility or any other place except a correctional facility.

In addition to creating ReAct, VCH has developed a manual on abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults that will guide VCH front line care workers and staff in dealing with suspected cases. You can download a PDF copy of Act on Abuse and Neglect: A Manual for Vancouver Coastal Health Staff  or request a printed copy from the ReAct Program office.

If you have questions about ReAct or require further direction contact ReAct.

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