Support for Individuals

In November 2015, Council approved a policy to enhance support for individuals who allege sexual abuse and/or boundary violations of a sexual nature by a dentist. A copy of this policy may be accessed below. 

The College engaged a qualified, regulated health professional to provide support to individuals inquiring about the College’s investigative process, those involved in a complaint or Registrar’s investigation, and those testifying at a discipline hearing.

The support service is available at no cost to the individual. The service is private and confidential and is provided by someone who is not a College staff member and who is completely separate from any College investigation.

For information about how to access this service, please contact:

Lori Long, Manager, Professional Conduct and Regulatory Affairs
6 Crescent Road Toronto ON M4W 1T1
416-961-6555/1-800-565-4591
llong@rcdso.org

College Policy

Support person for individuals who have experienced sexual abuse and/or boundary violations of a sexual nature

The purpose of the policy is to enhance support for individuals where sexual abuse and/or boundary violations of a sexual nature by a dentist has been alleged.

The resource person will provide support, at the College’s expense, for those who have come forward through the process with complaints or reports of sexual abuse and/or boundary violations of a sexual nature. The College recognizes that the reporting and discussing, and the experience of being questioned about the details of alleged sexual abuse, can be difficult and distressing.

Commencing in June 2015, the College will retain a registered social worker or other appropriate registered and regulated professional to provide support for those individuals who have made allegations that they have been the subject of sexual abuse and/or boundary violations of a sexual nature and:

  • are inquiring about the College’s investigative processes;
  • are in the complaints or registrar’s investigation process; or
  • are testifying at a discipline hearing.

The support service is provided by a qualified health professional with expertise in the area of sexual abuse and will continue until the matter is disposed of. It is confidential and independent support to facilitate an individual’s ability to access the College’s regulatory processes. No specific complainant information is provided to the College. Individuals who use this service may, if they wish, provide anonymous feedback to the College as to the usefulness of this service.

On a monthly basis, the support person will report to the College the number of individuals who have contacted her/him and the general nature of the support provided.

Passed by Council: November 2015