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Clients should be assured that the health care provider shares only necessary information about clients with those providers who are in their direct circle of care unless the client has consented for release of medical information.
The health care provider only collects information that is relevant and required for the provision of health and forensic care related to the assault. However, under the Child and Family Services Act (Section 72 [1] 22) and Mental Health Act 26, confidentiality cannot be maintained when:

  • A child under the age of 16 is in the home and there is a belief that the child is in need of protection
  • A child under the age of 16 is considered to be at ongoing risk of abuse.
  • When the client threatens to harm self or others.

As well, clients should be informed that health records may be subject to a subpoena.