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April 18, 2011 | Policy Guidance, Practice Guidance

Providing Services to Minors and Protecting Confidentiality: PCADV Policy, Legal Analysis and Best Practices


Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Publication Updated Date:

April 18, 2011

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence‘s Best Practices Legal Analysis document can be a tool for used by other programs looking to create confidentiality protocols for working with minors for their own organizations. 

Develop a framework for PCADV programs to provide services to minors and protect their confidentiality. The framework is designed with enough flexibility to enable programs to determine on a case-by-case basis whether or not to provide services without parental consent and whether, or when, it is appropriate to breach the minor’s confidentiality.

The purpose of developing policy and best practices for services to minors and protecting confidentiality is to address Contract Standards for minimal services to children in shelter or receiving program services. Services to minors beyond the minimal Contract Standards are discretionary based on each domestic violence program’s resources and capacities to provide additional services.