Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the role of the Justice with regard to investigating allegations of abuse or neglect of students in schools?
The Justice Center is responsible for investigating allegations of abuse and neglect involving day and residential students who attend a residential school.The law also authorizes the Justice Center to investigate all complaints of abuse and neglect at all approved out-of-state schools serving students with disabilities.
What is the role of the Atorney General Office?
The Attorney General is the chief law officer of the Executive Council. The responsibilities stemming from this role are unlike those of any other Cabinet member. The role has been referred to as "judicial-like" and as the "guardian of the public interest".
What happens to individuals who are found responsible for seriously abusing or neglecting a person with special needs?
The Justice Center maintains a Staff Exclusion List, a statewide register that contains the names of individuals found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect as defined by law.
What types of incidents should be reported to the Ministry of Justice?
Reports should be made regarding any situation in which a person who is receiving supports or services is experiencing abuse, neglect, sexual, financial or emotional exploitation, or is at risk of experiencing any of these reportable incidents in one of the settings over which the Justice Center has jurisdiction.
Types of abuse and neglect to be reported include:
- Physical abuse: intentional contact such as: hitting, kicking, shoving, corporal punishment or an injury which cannot be explained and is suspicious due to extent or location;
- Sexual abuse: inappropriate touching, indecent exposure, sexual assault, taking or distributing sexually explicit photos, voyeurism or other sexual exploitation;