Pathways Health Centre is proudly Accredited with Accreditation Canada 2019-2023 with Exemplary Standing. To learn more about Accreditation Canada’s standards, please visit their website by clicking the button below.
Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit, independent organization accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). We provide national and international health care organizations with an external peer review process to assess and improve the services they provide to their patients and clients based on standards of excellence. Accreditation Canada’s programs and guidance have helped organizations promote quality health care for over 50 years- Accreditation Canada.
Empowered Kids Ontario (EKO)
Pathways Health Centre is a proud member of EKO, or Empowered Kids Ontario (formerly entitled Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Centres (OACRS). To learn more about EKO and about other Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario, please click the button below.
Social Services Network of Sarnia-Lambton
Pathways is a proud member of the Social Services Network of Sarnia-Lambton (SSNSL). We are a voluntary affiliation of charitable human service organizations working together to strengthen the capacity and promote the values of community-based health and social services throughout Sarnia-Lambton. Member agencies bring their knowledge, expertise and compassion in working with communities and individuals to make Sarnia-Lambton a better place in which to live, work and play. Social service groups touch virtually all aspects of life in Sarnia-Lambton, including basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing, as well as human rights, environment, health, faith, culture, sports and recreation.
Pathways strives to be a leader in accessibility.
We will work to accommodate, when requested, accessibility challenges individuals may have when engaging in Pathways services and/or information. We also welcome all feedback, comments and concerns regarding the accessibility of our sites and services. Please let us know how we can help. Contact our Accessibility Officer, 519-542-3471 ext. 1262 or inquiries can also be made through out Contact Us page
Rights & Responsibilities
Pathways families have the RIGHT to:
- be treated with respect & dignity
- expect privacy and confidentiality
- be fully engaged in decision making regarding services
- care that respects & supports client/family growth & development
- information presented in a way that is clear and understandable
- view and make changes to their client/family information stored in our electronic chart
Pathways families have the RESPONSIBILITY to:
- be a contributing member of you child’s service team, which may include shared goal setting, participating actively in services, participating at home, identifying needs & partnering in planning for future services
- communicate with your child’s team regarding any changes, concerns or questions that you may have, indicating important information like family, medication allergies, school, health & contact information
- attend appointments. It is your responsibility to notify your team if you cannot make an appointment
- treat staff, volunteers, students, other clients and the property of Pathways with respect
Pathways staff have the RESPONSIBILITY to:
- treat clients & families with respect and dignity
- protect client privacy; keeping client information confidential, releasing only with appropriate consent
- provide appropriate, high-quality services based on client strengths and needs with available resources
- plan services in conjunction with the family, and when appropriate, the Pathways team & community partners
- support families in working towards goals in home and community settings
- provide families with information about other Pathways or community services that may be of benefit
- review services, goals & progress with families whenever requested in a clear, concise manner
Our Commitment to Protecting Your Privacy
Pathways Health Centre for Children collects and uses information about our clients and their families to provide the best care possible and to provide a safe environment for all our clients, staff, volunteers and families. We are committed to protect the privacy of our clients and their families and their information. Our privacy practices comply with and are consistent with Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the requirements of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).
Please understand that our guidelines discourage us from following you on social media. You are most welcome to visit our Pathways Facebook page where you will get the most up-to-date and exciting information about what Pathways is doing.
To protect the safety of clients, caregivers and staff, photos and sound/image recording by caregivers (using cameras, cell phones, tablets, iPads, etc.) of client services is not permitted. It is an unfortunate reality of the internet that communications are not safe or private. It is recommended that you not send personal information by email.
If your child is in a group, please respect one another’s privacy by not showing names or other details of children in the group.
Infection Prevention and Control
Health & Safety Protocols
Pathways works to protect the health and safety of our clients and families, staff, volunteers and all visitors.
Hand hygiene is the single most important thing we can do to prevent the spread of infection. We request that the use of hand sanitizers upon entry to the Centre. Hand sanitizers are placed at each entrance and throughout the Centre for your convenience.
All staff will use hand sanitizer or wash their hands:
- upon entry to the Centre
- upon entry to the child care area
- before and after client contact
- throughout the day on an ongoing basis before and after client contact
All staff and visitors are asked to self-screen for signs and symptoms of illness before attending Pathways sites or services.
We are a mask friendly environment! Masks are available (but will no longer be required) for all clients, family members, service partners, visitors, and contractors entering our spaces.
Masks remain a requirement for staff and client service contractors when working 1:1 or with groups of clients in close proximity in therapy spaces at Pathways, community sites (including therapy spaces at schools and childcares), and client homes.
Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements
We require all staff, volunteers, students (on educational placements) and client service contractors to have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Supply Chain Code of Ethics
To ensure an ethical, professional and accountable Broader Public Sector (BPS) supply chain, Pathways Health Centre for Children adopts the following Code of Ethics which is based on the Ontario BPS Supply Chain Code of Ethics:
Personal Integrity and Professionalism
Individuals involved with Supply Chain Activities will act, and be seen to act, with integrity and professionalism. Honesty, care and due diligence will be integral to all Supply Chain Activities within and between BPS organizations, suppliers and other stakeholders. Respect will be demonstrated for each other and for the environment. Confidential information will be safeguarded. Participants will not engage in any activity that may create, or appear to create, a conflict of interest, such as accepting gifts or favors, providing preferential treatment, or publicly endorsing suppliers or products.
Accountability and Transparency
Supply Chain Activities will be open and accountable. In particular, contracting and purchasing activities will be fair, transparent and conducted with a view to obtaining the best value for public money. All participants will ensure that public sector resources are used in a responsible, efficient and effective manner.
Compliance and Continuous Improvement
Individuals involved with purchasing or other Supply Chain Activities will comply with this Code of Ethics and the laws of Canada and Ontario. Individuals should continuously work to improve supply chain standards and procedures, to improve their supply chain knowledge and skill levels, and to share leading practices.
Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility
Know Your Pathways Team
Pathways staff, students and volunteers have name badges. Feel free to ask if you are not sure who someone is, or are unclear of their role in your child’s care.
Changes in Your Child’s Health or Medication? We Need to Know!
This information is needed to ensure the best and safest care is provided. Please share any health issues, as well as the name, dose and possible side effects of any medications your child is taking.
Keep Vaccines Up-To-Date
Immunization reduces the risk of illness. Ask your physician or contact Lambton Public Health if you have any questions about immunization. (519) 383-8331 / 1-800-667-1839
Let us know of any allergies or sensitivities your child may have. While Pathways tries to be aware of allergies and sensitivities, we cannot guarantee a risk-free environment. Do not bring nut products, latex items (e.g., gloves/balloons), or wear strong scents (e.g., perfume) to appointments.
Safety is Your Job Too!
- You must supervise your children at all times.
- Report any unsafe conditions, incidents or injuries immediately to staff.
- Follow Pathways staff in the event of an emergency or drill. If you are not with your child during an emergency or drill, leave the building immediately through the nearest exit. Your child will join you at the designated evacuation meeting area.
- Please be aware that smoking/vaping are not permitted on Pathways property.
Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA)
Fair Notice Communication Regarding Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol
To Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers of clients of Pathways Health Centre for Children:
Pathways Health Centre for Children is committed to ensuring a safe community. In extreme cases when a child’s behavior poses a potential threat to their own or others’ well-being, the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA) agencies will take further steps to safeguard everyone.
The VTRA protocol outlines how Pathways Health Centre for Children along with other community partners will respond immediately to threatening incidents including but not limited to: possession of a weapon or replica weapon, bomb threat or plan, verbal or written (including electronic) threats to harm oneself or others, other threats of violence, and fire setting.
The initial response team is likely to include school personnel and the police but should conditions warrant, a Community Threat Assessment Team will be convened. This community team may include Pathways Health Centre for Children, as well as representatives of schools and community agencies who work with us to keep our schools and community safe.
Parents and guardians will be notified if their child will be discussed through the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol. If parents/guardians cannot be reached, or if they choose not to provide consent, but a concern for safety still exists due to threatening behavior, the threat assessment may still proceed. Personal information shared throughout this process will respect and balance each individual’s right to privacy with the need to ensure the safety of all.
As always, a child’s safety is our first priority. This information is shared in our Pathways Resource Guide, as well as posted with additional information on our website www.pathwayscentre.org. If you have any questions regarding the Community Violence Risk Threat Assessment Protocol, please speak with a Pathways Health Centre for Children Representative.