1.4.3 Use of Hotels

 

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Volume 1: Agency Standards
Chapter 4: Children in Care
Section 3: Use of Hotels
Approved: 2008/07/02
Last Revised: 2015/05/08
Effective: 2015/06/01

 

 

The hotel placement standards below apply to all children in care (see Case Categories in Section 1.7.1. Service Records). 

 

Standards
Legislation

Standards

Hotel Use
Children Travelling with Care Providers

 

 

  1. Hotel Use
  2. Hotels (including motels) will not be used as placements for children by agencies of the child and family services system. This applies even with respect to emergency and/or temporary placements for children.
    No agency or authority may designate a hotel (including motels) as a place of safety. 

  3. Children Travelling with Care Providers
  4. The use of hotels does not apply to children in care who are traveling with an agency care provider such as a foster parent, place-of-safety parent, agency staff or hired escort for a specific purpose such as a family visit, medical appointment, pre-placement visit or vacation.

    All child care workers hired or contracted to provide child care for children in care who are traveling undergo criminal record, child abuse and adult abuse registry checks. At least two positive character references are also obtained.

     

 

Legislation

Section 1 of The Child and Family Services Act defines a place of safety as any place used for the emergency temporary care and protection of a child including treatment centres. Clause 4(2)(f) gives the Director of Child and Family Services (director) the power to designate in writing a place or type of place as a place of safety for purposes of the Act. Subsection 4(3) provides for the delegation of the director’s duties and powers.

 

Clause 7(1) (g) requires child and family services agencies to provide care for children in their care and clause 7(1) (l) requires child and family service agencies to develop and maintain child care resources.

 

Clause 19(l) [s.19] of The Child and Family Services Authorities Act requires child and family services authorities to ensure the development of appropriate placement resources for children. The authorities also have a duty under section 16 of the Child and Family Services Authorities Regulation to ensure their agencies follow standards, practices and procedures and the power under section 28 of the regulation to issue a written directive to an agency.

 

Clause 24(b) [s.24] of The Child and Family Services Authorities Act gives the Minister of Family Services the duty and power to establish policies and standards for the provision of child and family services.