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New Report Release! In the Best Interests of the Child: Strategies for Recognizing and Supporting Canada’s At-Risk Population of Children with Incarcerated Parents

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.

Little_Boy_Holding_BarsWorking 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.

Did You Know? New Model Created by The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, led by UFV’s Yvon Dandurand, created a new draft model named “Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence Against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice” which was released on May 16th, 2014.

This systemically oriented model aims to provide a friendly and interactive approach for criminal justice practitioners when working with children and youth in the criminal justice system. It attempts to recognize the unique circumstances presented when children come in contact with the system. Designed as a guide for practitioners, the model provides a way in which to deliver a high standard of crime prevention and human rights advocacy. The hope is that the model will lead to greater consistency in the application of the law and policies for interacting with children.

More information regarding the model strategies can be found here

Information about the June 13 meeting can be found here

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