Youth Justice Programs
A focused approach towards fostering rehabilitation, community integration, and youth empowerment.
Youth Justice Programs List
1. Extrajudicial Sanctions Program
The Extrajudicial Sanctions Program is a means to divert young persons who are charged, away from formal criminal proceedings and into a program of rehabilitation. Examples of extrajudicial sanctions include: community work, personal service work, apology letters, an apology in person, essay/crime prevention projects, restitution, and/or participation in life skill programming such as anger management or life skills programming.
2. Restorative Justice Program (Extrajudicial Measures)
Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the Restorative Justice Program is a pre-charge program that allows the police to address the actions of young persons without utilizing the formal youth justice system. This innovative police/community partnership is designed to hold the young person accountable to the person harmed in the offence.
3. Youth Justice Committee
The Youth Justice Committee is a Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services program. It provides an alternative to formal court proceedings when dealing with young people alleged to have committed minor offences. The Youth Justice Committees involves trained community members who meet the person(s) harmed, accused young person, and their parents/caregivers, to negotiate an appropriate way for the young person to make amends for his or her actions. The Youth Justice Committee provides an increased opportunity for persons harmed and the broader community to have a role in dealing with offenses committed by young persons.
Youth Outreach Program
Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) Program is designed to increase youth opportunities by removing barriers, fostering effective community linkages and engaging and addressing individual risk factors and strengths.
Our YOW program provides services for youth ages 12-21 years who reside in Clarington, Oshawa and Whitby.
Youth Court Access Worker
Funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, BGC Durham is pleased to announce that beginning April 3rd, we will have a Youth Court Access Worker (YCAW) available to assist young people involved in the justice system. The Youth Court Access Worker will support young people ages 12-24 in accessing and navigating court processes.
What will the Youth Court Access Worker do?
- In-Person Support: Provide in-person support to youth who are involved with the Youth Justice Court
- Service Connection: Connect youth to services that will assist them in streamlining the court process
- Intervention Assistance: Facilitate and support youth in the completion of their intervention/program as directed by the Ontario Court of Justice
- Brokerage Programs: Provide support and facilitate brokerage programs and services for youth and their families
- Case Management: Provide and or facilitate case management in consultation with the criminal justice system (counsel, legal aid etc.).
What can the Youth Court Access Worker help with?
- Legal Aid applications
- Obtaining disclosure
- Finger Printing
- Obtaining Counsel
- Connecting with Duty Counsel
- Bail Hearings
- Provide support at court (criminal, family etc.)
- Assist youth in connecting with services and supports that are part of their disposition.
The overall Youth Court Access strategy is to provide community based assistance and support to young people in accessing and navigating the justice system.
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