The Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (OPACY) has produced a guide to help young people in provincial care understand and exercise their health rights.
Anchored in recommendations from My Real Life Book (the report from the Youth Leaving Care Legislative Hearings) the Ultimate Health Rights Survival Guide provides young people with information on their health rights – what they are and how to exercise them.
The focus is on understanding informed consent and participating directly in decisions regarding a young person’s health care and medical treatment. Several Children’s Aid Societies as well as OACAS were involved in discussions on the development of the guide.
The Guide is available in English and French. Hard copies can be ordered through the Provincial Advocate’s Office.