New Report: ‘Measuring Up’: A Self-Examination of Police Receptivity to the Extrajudicial Measures Referral Database
The introduction of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) in 2003 contributed to a paradigm shift regarding how police should respond to youth crime. For less serious offences, under this ACT, police MUST consider two options: taking no action; or, making a referral to a community program. This intervention process, known as an extrajudicial measure, is intended to prevent youth from committing further offences and is an alternate to laying a criminal charge. However, while the YCJA has led to positive changes, various challenges still exist. Both the literature and participants in this current study have provided a variety of insightful recommendations regarding how extrajudicial measures can become more widely embraced. These are listed in a newly released report following field testing of the extrajudicial measures database.
Criminal Record Checks for the Non-Profit Sector in British Columbia The BC Centre for Non-Profit Development, a co-located Centre of CSSC, undertook a province wide research project on criminal record checks after becoming increasingly aware of their varying costs across British Columbia. For non-profit organizations working regionally and provincially, these variations in costs create confusion. The purpose of this study was to provide an overview of criminal record check information for the province, as well as to explore opportunities to work together towards a more equitable system for the section. Click here to download this report or visit www.bccnpd.ca for more information on the Non-Profit Centre's activities. 2007 - 2008 Community Forums Between December 2007 and November 2008, staff from the BC Centre for Safe Schools and Communities and First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition met with approximately 180 community representatives from various regions across British Columbia to learn how to best support the healthy development of BC’s children and youth. The BC Centre for Safe Schools and Communities and First Call are organizations with a provincial scope and are both mandated to promote the well-being of children and youth. This report outlines the findings from those community dialogue sessions.
2007 Conference: Promoting Safe, Cohesive Communities for Children and Youth On May 10 and 11th 2007, the BC Institute for Safe Schools and Communities (ISSC) held an interdisciplinary conference co-sponsored by the BC Youth Police Network. The aim of the conference was to bring together a diverse network of researchers, policymakers, practitioners (including education, criminal justice, social work, courts, and municipal officials), parents, youth, and government to explore ideas related to social cohesion and safety in relation to children and youth within the BC context. The conference was an opportunity to 1) examine current theory, research and practice both locally and in other jurisdictions; 2) strengthen relationships between community representatives and various levels of government; and 3) continue toward establishing a shared set of community-based values and responsibilities for working together to promote the well-being of our children and youth in British Columbia.