A Family Experience of Youth Justice – Redesigning Responsive Approaches with New Guides and a New Forensic Model for Youth Justice – 2015-11-17

This panel discussion will frame challenges and provide solutions to issues faced by mental health addictions, and justice sectors in addressing the needs, and enabling the strengths of young people under 18-years-of-age and their families. Through discussion of a family’s experience, and the service system response, we identify key needed resources and

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Building Integrated Youth Forensic Services – The Journey – 2015-11-17

The Youth Forensic Service is a new provincial ministry initiative, intended to provide alternate care pathways for youth with mental health disorders who find themselves in conflict with the law. By way of forensic assessments, our service’s primary goal is to inform the courts about the influence of mental illness upon a

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Desistance Approaches in Youth Justice – The Next Passing Fad or a Sea-Change for the Positive? – 2017-12-21

Youth justice in England and Wales has followed a risk-orientated model for almost two decades, requiring interventions with young people to mitigate assessed risk factors for offending. The desistance revolution evident in much of the adult system and research has been slow to influence change. The Youth Justice Board recently

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Does the Effect of Self-Regulation on Adolescent Recidivism Vary by Youths’ Attitudes? – 2017-11

Youth with poor self-regulation or criminal attitudes are at risk for recidivism. Researchers have yet to examine how self-regulation and criminal attitudes intermix to influence recidivism. The present study employed a large sample of 26,947 youth in the Florida Juvenile Justice System to examine the effect of criminal attitudes on

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Evaluating the utility of ‘strength’ items when assessing the risk of young offenders – 2018-01-15

There is emerging recognition that positive or pro-social characteristics may lessen criminal propensity. There are now several adult and youth forensic instruments that include protective or strength components. Yet evidence supporting the protective capacities of these instruments with youth offending populations is still developing. This study aimed to identity the

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Family influences on the development of aggression and violence – 2018-02

Highlights • Families play powerful direct and indirect roles in the development of violence. • Aggression is linked to genetic risk, stress, harsh parenting, and family violence. • Families counteract risk through warmth, structure, and other adaptive processes. • Family processes that mitigate risk for violence are amenable to intervention. •

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How do high-risk young adult prisoners with emerging personality disorders describe the process of change in therapy? – 2018

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the views of young adult prisoners with emerging personality disorders (PDs), who were assessed as posing a high risk of causing serious harm to others, on the process of therapeutic change in a non-residential treatment service in a UK young offender

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Knowledge and possession of take-home naloxone kits among street-involved youth in a Canadian setting: a cohort study – 2017-12-22

Background The distribution of take-home naloxone (THN) kits has been an important strategy in reducing overdose fatalities among people who use drugs. However, little is known about the use of THN among youth who are street-involved. The present study explores knowledge and possession of THN among street-involved youth in a

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Mental Health & Addictions Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Front-line Providers – 2018-01

Young people experiencing homelessness face many forms of extreme adversity including high rates of mental health and addiction challenges. These challenges lead to high mortality rates and increase the risk of chronic homelessness. In turn, the health service systems and providers in most settings are poorly equipped and resourced to

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Modifying a Risk Assessment Instrument for Youthful Offenders – 2016-07-15

High rates of incarceration in the United States are compounded by high rates of recidivism and prison return. One solution is more accurate identification of individual prisoner risks and needs to promote offender rehabilitation and successful community re-entry; this is particularly important for youthful offenders who developmentally are in late

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Ontario Pocket Guide – Youth Criminal Justice Act Canada – 2014

Ontario Government guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act – 2014 Ontario Pocket Guide – Youth Criminal Justice Act Canada – 2014

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Serious juvenile offenders: classification into subgroups based on static and dynamic charateristics – 2017-12-22

Background The population in juvenile justice institutions is heterogeneous, as juveniles display a large variety of individual, psychological and social problems. This variety of risk factors and personal characteristics complicates treatment planning. Insight into subgroups and specific profiles of problems in serious juvenile offenders is helpful in identifying important treatment

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Sheldon Kennedy – Keynote Speaker – 2015-11-16

Sheldon Kennedy has skated for three teams in his eight year NHL career but is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey League Coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five year period while a teenager under his care. Sheldon has become an

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Suicidality and Other Health Risk Behaviors among Female Youth in Juvenile Detention – 2018-01

This study investigates suicidality and health-risk behaviors among female juvenile detainees and identifies the extent to which suicidal behaviors are correlated with other risky activities. This study also explores 12 health risk behaviors, their prevalence, and relative associations to suicidal behaviors within the sample-population. Researchers collected data from 104 female

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System Improvement Through Service Collaboratives (SISC)

Implementing Cross-Sectoral Initiatives within the Justice System to support Children and Youth with Mental Health & Addiction Needs Learn how the Niagara, Champlain, and Kenora Rainy River Justice Collaboratives have used implementation science and a community-led process to support the exploration of system challenges, stakeholder engagement, the brokering of unique partnerships across sectors, and

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The GA Inquest on Youth Suicide – Lessons Learned – 2015-11-17

On May 13, 2008, GA, a 17 year old youth, committed suicide. At the time of his death, GA was in custody on a remand from the Ontario Court of Justice. He died the night before his sentence hearing. On October, 24, 2011, the Coroner released its Jury Verdict following the Inquest

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The HARM (Hamilton Anatomy of Risk Management) Tool: Implications for Implementation

This webinar explores risk management as it relates to the specific implementation of the Hamilton Anatomy of Risk Management (HARM) Tool. Risk factors for violence vary from inpatient hospital settings to community settings and this webinar also explores implementation of the HARM tool in both settings. Learn from experts about

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The School Experiences of Male Adolescent Offenders: Implications for Academic Performance and Recidivism – 2018-01-10

Adolescents with juvenile justice system experience may be enrolled into alternative schools to increase academic success or to reduce delinquency. This study used longitudinal data on a racially/ethnically diverse sample of 1,216 male, first-time adolescent offenders to examine how youthful offenders’ school experiences were associated with academic outcomes, school attitudes,

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Understanding the Implications of Undiagnosed Brain Injury in Childhood – 2015-11-17

When childhood brain injury is identified and treated a legacy of trauma, mental health and addiction challenges, contact with the justice system can be prevented and/or reduced in severity. Understanding the Implications of Undiagnosed Brain Injury in Childhood – 2015-11-17

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Validation of the Ceredigion Youth Screening Tool – 2018-01-13

Evidence suggests that only a small minority of youth offenders will continue their behaviour in the longer term and largely independent of any interventions they may receive (Bateman, 2011; Haines & Case, 2015). Hence, “screening out” this larger low-risk cohort could have a positive impact upon the individual through a

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Youth Court Assessment Resource Guide – 2015

Contents: YCJA Section 34 Reports – Best Practice Guidelines Youth Forensic Assessment Orders – Best Practice Guidelines Youth Court Assessment Resource Guide – 2015

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Youth Homelessness: The Impact of Supportive Relationships on Recovery – 2018-01-05

Background Homeless youth are the fastest growing sub-group within the homeless population. They face impaired access to health services and are often left unsupported. They lack social and family support or relationships with service providers. Unsupported homeless youth often become homeless adults. Purpose To test a model based on Peplau’s

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