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


About ReAct

VCH & Adult Guardianship Laws

In response to B.C.'s Adult Guardianship Laws, VCH established ReAct (re cognize and re port - act on Adult Abuse and Neglect). The purpose of the ReAct response resource is to provide education and clinical support to ensure that 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.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a "Designated Agency" responsible for investigating situations of abuse, neglect and self-neglect of adults who are unable to seek support and assistance on their own due to restraint, physical handicap, illness, disease, injury or any other condition that affects decision-making ability.

The VCH response is built upon the principles of self-determination and autonomy and on the presumption of capability. Adults should receive the most effective but least restrictive and intrusive support and assistance.

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.

B.C.'s Adult Guardianship Laws:
Supporting Self-Determination for Adults in British Columbia

The Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia operates under provincial law to protect the legal rights and financial interests of children, to provide assistance to adults who need support for financial and personal decision making, and to administer the estates of deceased and missing persons where there is no one else able to do so.

Information on how to recognize abuse and neglect, report suspected cases of abuse and neglect, and resources on abuse and neglect has been compiled to assist VCH care providers:

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