preventing sexual abuse
The midwife-client relationship is based on trust, with clients expecting a midwife who is highly skilled and knowledgeable. The majority of midwives in Ontario meet all of the College’s high standards, and it is our job as regulators to ensure families can trust that their midwife will provide safe and excellent care at all times. Sexual abuse by a midwife violates that trust and is never acceptable. The College has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and has the responsibility to investigate all complaints.
Bill 87, the Protecting Patients Act, 2017 was passed in May 2017 and finished coming into force in May 2018.…
Bill 87, the Protecting Patients Act, 2017 was given royal assent by the Ontario Legislature on May 30, 2017. This Bill affects the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and impacts the way that our College regulates midwives. Read more about this important legislation below to find out how it affects midwives and midwifery clients.
The Health Professions Procedural Code (“the Code”) of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) requires all Colleges to have a program in place to prevent and deal with the sexual abuse of clients. While the CMO has had a sexual abuse prevention program in place since 1994, the program was due for extensive review and revision.