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New Canadian Journal on Children’s Rights

newStates have the duty to take appropriate measures to effectively protect children from all forms of violence. As we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations General Assembly adopts a new practical instrument to assist States in giving full effect to the provisions of article 19 of the Convention. Its focus is on the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. This article introduces the new instrument, describes some of its main features and relates them to many of the difficult challenges a society faces in preventing violence against children. Yvon Dandurand, Centre’s Associate and Faculty Member in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, authored this journal.

To read this journal, click here.

New Fact Sheet Release! “Bars that Cause Scars”

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The new fact sheet examines children with justice involved parents. Specifically, it provides a summary of some of the challenges children endure as a result of their parent’s involvement in the criminal justice system. For example, some major obstacles for children who endure disruption arise from: child welfare and protection issues; developmental challenges including trauma; relationship strain between parent and child; educational set-backs; the effects of stigma; and increased risk for future criminal justice system contact. This fact sheet explores these obstacles and concludes by offering suggestions for service providers and criminal justice professionals to help alleviate this problem.

To read the fact sheet, click here.

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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