Youth Justice Committees of Ontario - Northwestern Ontario
- Update on services during COVID-19 outbreak
Interim direction for Youth Justice Open and Secure Facilities
Ontario continues to take decisive action to protect the health and safety of all people and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the following measures have been put into place in provincially-operated youth justice centres and in probation offices:
- Enhanced screening processes have been implemented in all Directly Operated Youth Justice Facilities.
- All personal visits and volunteer activities are cancelled. Approved personal visitors may maintain contact with youth by phone. Enhanced technology, such as video calling, where operationally available and operationally feasible, can be used for virtual visits with family.
- Professional visits including legal counsel will continue although consideration should be given to alternative options such as the use of teleconferences.
- All non-essential reintegration leaves are restricted until further notice.
- Walk-in service is cancelled at all probation offices until further notice. Services will continue to be provided through the use of technology including telephone and email contact. Staff continue to have clients report by telephone and maintain case management supervision.
- The Ministry has recommended similar measures be implemented by all service partners providing programming in communities throughout the province.
Youth Justice Committees bring together young people alleged to have committed low-risk offences, their parents, victims and trained volunteer members of the community to negotiate an appropriate way for the young person to make amends for his or her actions
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