Peel Children’s Centre meets 100% of national accreditation standards

January 30, 2014

MONCTON – The Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) has announced that Peel Children’s Centre (Peel) has been fully accredited and meets 100% of the CCA’s mandatory and leading practice standards.

The conclusion of the CCA’s accreditation report said, “The review team wishes to extend to the staff, volunteers, students and board members the highest praise possible for their demonstrated focus on always striving to better the service to the clients of the community. Throughout the organization there was passion for the vision, mission and values of the organization, which centre around ‘It’s all about the client’ and ‘we never give up’.”

“Accreditation is a Continuous Quality Improvement process that has enabled us to build on our strengths and identify areas for improvement,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Peel’s CEO. “We are delighted to have met every mandatory and leading practice standard for child and youth mental health.”

“Everyone who was part of the accreditation process – our staff, volunteers, students, community partners, funders and clients – can be very proud of our collective achievement,” said Roman Boychuk, President of the Board of Directors of Peel.

In its accreditation report, the CCA’s site review team praised Peel’s residential treatment programs for their:

  • warm, welcoming, safe and supportive milieu
  • well-planned transitions, managed with sensitivity and care to individual needs
  • respect for youth’s privacy
  • balance between intervention activities, work and play, and structured free activities
  • accommodating the child/youth’s views, preferences, cultural and spiritual needs.

The report said, “In Moncton, the programs have included children/youth from the Aboriginal/First Nations communities. It was evident that the staff ensured they understood the cultural aspects of the child/youth’s community as reserves have their own unique characteristics. The staff incorporated these cultural practices into the program as appropriate.”

The accreditation report also commended Peel for a range of organizational strengths, including:
  • strong and committed board
  • goal-oriented strategic planning
  • use of evidence-informed/based practices
  • data gathering and reporting
  • staff training and development
  • community partnerships
  • human resource planning and practices
  • policies, procedures and financial controls.

The CCA’s accreditation process required Peel to submit extensive documentation to support 136 standards in Organizational, Universal Human Services, Knowledge and Learning, Intervention/Treatment, Service-Specific and Setting-Specific modules. This was followed by site visits of three days in Moncton and five days in Ontario to verify that Peel met the CCA’s accreditation requirements.

Peel is a charity that offers residential treatment programs in Moncton for Maritime youth ages 11 to 19 who are experiencing serious challenges with their emotions, relationships or behaviour. Peel also operates an extensive range of child and youth mental health services in Ontario. Visit for more information.

Blake Fullerton, Clinical Supervisor  506-382-4040; or
Becky Snider, Clinical Supervisor  506-382-4040



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