Your Rights

As a youth living in a residential group home you and your parent/guardian if involved must be informed of your rights frequently throughout your stay.

While you are in the care at Arrabon House you have a right:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect
  • To be treated without discrimination
  • To a safe and secure environment
  • To know the rules of the house
  • To know your legal rights
  • To know your responsibilities
  • To know there is an Office of Child and Family Services Advocacy
  • To know how to express a complaint
  • To not be locked up in a room
  • To not be physically punished
  • To have reasonable privacy, confidentiality and possession of your own belongings
  • To take part in your plan of care
  • To receive religious instruction and to take part in religious activities
  • To receive inclusive services that are non-discriminatory based on religion, sexuality or culture
  • To be provided with well balanced meals and suitable clothing
  • To receive necessary medical and dental care
  • To receive an education and take part in appropriate recreational activities
  • To private visits from your family, lawyer, MP, MPP, Ombudsman, member of the Office of Child and Family Services Advocacy or any other adult who is speaking on your behalf
  • To send and receive mail that nobody else may read (unless in front of you)
  • To express your views when major decisions are being made that affect you (ex. medical treatment, change of residence etc.)
  • To have staff thoroughly explain all my rights outlined in the Cultural Competency, Cultural and Geographical Isolation Policy

While you are in the care of Arrabon House you have the responsibility:

  • To know and follow the rules of the residence
  • To respect the rights of staff members and volunteers who are caring for you
  • To respect the rights of the other youth with whom you live
  • To respect the right of our neighbours and other persons in the community
  • To address any concerns you have in an appropriate manner
  • To take part in programs and activities which the staff have set up for you
  • To take seriously the safety of the youth and staff at Arrabon
  • To accept the consequences of your own actions and take ownership for your behaviour