Youth Justice

"A Full and Candid Account" - Using Special Accommodations and Testimonial Aids to Facilitate the Testimony of Children

These seven concise handbooks help prosecutors, victim-support workers, judges and others understand and meet the needs of children who testify in court. All seven handbooks are available to download.

Alison Cunningham and Pamela Hurley
Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
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Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health, Delinquency and Criminal Activity: Workshop Proceedings Report

This product documents a Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) workshop, held in collaboration with Alberta Health Services (AHS), which focused on issues related to mental health, delinquency, criminal activity and inter-sectoral collaboration. The product summarizes workshop discussions and represents the cross-sectoral consensus reached by participants from varied researcher, practitioner and decision-maker groups. It includes synopses of speaker contributions, and syntheses of points arising from participant dialogue around success stories, challenges and next steps for research, policy and practice.

Andrew Taylor, Canadian Institute for Health Information
Canadian Institute for Health Information
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Make Me A Criminal - Preventing Youth Crime

This report makes the case for a more therapeutic and family-based approach to youth offending, as opposed to the present, more punitive, system. The arguments for the proposed approach appear persuasive not only on humanitarian grounds, but also in terms of economics and efficacy.

Institute for Public Policy Research
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National Victim Services Program

A bilingual pamphlet that describes the services of the NVSP and how the service can assist victims of crime. The information that is provided to the victim of cirme is outlined in the pamphlet, along with contact information for Correctional Service Canada and their federal partners.

CSC cannot proactively contact victims of crime to solicit their registration; the onus is on the victim to contact CSC.

There are various benefits for registering:

  • victims can learn about their right to participate at National Parole Board hearings and about financial assistance to attend the hearings
  • victims can obtain copies of National Parole Board Decisions
  • victims or guardians can receive information on behalf of child victims
  • victims can gain information to assist in their recovery process and manage their stress
  • victims can gain information with which to make safety plans
Correctional Service Canada
Government of Canada
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