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The Chair welcomes the signing of the Québec-wide framework agreement to combat maltreatment. (February 2018)

Themes: Laws

This agreement and the resulting concerted intervention processes are measures taken under the Act to combat maltreatment of seniors and other persons of full age in vulnerable situations (Chapter III). More specifically, it aims to improve consultation on countering mistreatment between the following actors:

  • Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, Francine Charbonneau
  • Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette
  • Minister of Public Security, Martin Coiteux
  • Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée
  • Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions
  • L’autorité des marchés financiers (Authority on financial markets)
  • The Curateur Public (Public Curator)
  • Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (The Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights)

The implementation of the Québec-wide framework agreement to combat maltreatment is based on the results of a pilot project aimed at implementing a socio-judicial intervention procedure to counter the mistreatment of older adults (In french only). The project took place in the Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec region from May 2014 to May 216.

Concerted intervention processes in the sense of the Québec-wide framework agreement to combat maltreatment apply when the following three conditions are met:

  1. “There are reasonable grounds to believe that an older adult in a situation of vulnerability is a victim of mistreatment according to the Act.
  2. The situation of mistreatment requires consultation among intervention workers to effectively end it.
  3. There are reasonable grounds to believe that mistreatment could constitute a criminal or penal offense.” See the Québec-wide framework agreement to combat maltreatment for more information (In French only).

The Chair welcomes the signing of this agreement as it is an additional measure to counter mistreatment of older adults, particularly for those who are vulnerable. This is fully in line with the promotion of intersectoral work that is promoted at the Chair and which has led to the publication of two practical guides that engage the police in particular:

Practice Guide on the Bridging Project – Intersectoral Work Model to Countering Mistreatment of Older Adults (2015)

Practice Guide on IPRAS – Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors (2016)