The report, In the Best Interests of the Child: Strategies for Recognizing and Supporting Canada’s At-Risk Population of Children with Incarcerated Parents (by Amanda McCormick, Hayli Millar and Glen Paddock) is now available.
Working in collaboration with faculty associates from UFV’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and School of Social Work, the Centre for Safe Schools and Communities has developed a best practices model for responding to children who have a parent in the criminal justice system. This report examines current tools and strategies used in BC and other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally to intervene and/or prevent the cycle of criminal justice contact for children of an incarcerated parent, to reduce their risk of involvement with Child Protection Services, and to aid their resiliency. An expert working group review occurred on December 5th, 2013 to raise awareness of this issue among government, NGO’s, academics, and students. This completed report forms a basis for continuing to work together in communities to support a largely invisible demographic of children and youth in BC.
To download the report, click here.
To read the news release, click here.