Youth Justice Services
Youth Justice Services provides supervision of Court ordered dispositions such as Probation Orders, Deferred Custody and Conditional Supervision Orders, Custody and Community Supervision Orders, as well prepares for and provides to the Youth Court, Pre-sentence Reports. Youth Justice Services also coordinates and supervises the Extra-Judicial Sanctions and Fine Option Programs which are Programs separate from the aforementioned judicial (Court) related duties and responsibilities
The main offices for Youth Justice Services are located in Charlottetown and Summerside with satellite offices in Montague, Souris, O’Leary, and Alberton. There are also youth diversion and prevention programs located outside of the main YJS offices, province wide: The Youth Intervention Outreach Program offices are located at five police service locations across the province and Outreach Workers (Student Well-Being Team) located within all families of schools.
Youth Justice Services provides a multi-disciplinary approach to intervention with youth and families to reduce youth crime and the entry of young people into the formal justice system. It includes the following programs and services for young people and youth criminal justice courts:
- supervising and enforcing orders from the court, fine option program, extra-judicial sanctions
- managing cases based on assessed needs and specific requirements of the case
- conducting investigations and providing pre-sentence and progress reports to the court
- ensuring appropriate action and follow-up of non-compliance of court orders and/or extra-judicial sanctions agreements
Outreach Worker (Community Programs)
The Outreach Worker (Community Programs) provides:
- one-to-one casework and guidance/support services to high risk/high needs youth and youthful adults (up to age 29)
- Working with formal justice clients, as well as school and community-referred youth
- facilitation of prevention programs for youth and their families within the community
- involvement in community programming initiatives designed to support youth at risk in their own communities
Youth Intervention Outreach Program
The Youth Intervention Outreach Program assists youth and families who have been identified by the police where the youth is at risk for actual, or potential, conflict with the law. All referrals are identified and completed by police personnel to the Youth Intervention Outreach Program prior to any formal charges.
• one-to-one casework and guidance/support services to high risk/needs youth and their families
• facilitation of prevention programs for youth and their families within the community
• involvement in community programming initiatives designed to support youth at risk in their own communities
• Facilitation of the Rethink: Youth Program for Cannabis Education
Outreach Worker (Student Well-Being Team)
Student Well-being Outreach Workers help students at school, in the community, and at home to address things such as behavioural problems, emotional, social and relationship issues and other challenges. They are part of a multi-disciplinary team in collaboration with Education and Health PEI.
• one-to-one casework and guidance/support services to youth and their families
• facilitation of prevention programs, presentations and groups for youth and their families at school and in the community
Rethink: Youth Program for Cannabis Education
A Youth Diversion and Education Program. A partnership between Health PEI and Department of Justice and Public Safety. The Rethink Program is an early intervention, prevention focused program for youth identified as using cannabis.
The objectives of Rethink are to redirect youth from the formal justice system, provide current information to youth on the legal, health and societal implications of cannabis use, along with prevention strategies and offer youth education and tools to make positive life choices.
Topics include: Cannabis and the Justice System. Impact of Cannabis on Your Body. Cannabis and Impaired Driving. Making Healthier Choices.
Rethink is designed as a two-session program, with each session being approximately two hours in duration. The program is available to youth between the ages of 12-19 years old by trained staff from Mental Health and Addictions and Youth Justice Services. Rethink Contact Information: Youth Justice Services 902-368-4587
What are the fees?
There are no costs to participants for any of the services. Participation in the above services/programs is through the Youth Justice Court, RCMP/Police and Youth Justice Services (Community agencies and self referrals can be made to the Community Youth Worker Program).
Who can I contact for more information?