Supporting Crossover Children in Brant and Brantford Workshop
Crossover children are defined as youth who have any involvement with the child welfare system and the criminal justice system (Youth Justice). Unfortunately, these children are at much higher risk of persistent involvement in the justice system. Crossover children represent a failure of society, to collaborate and work together, whereby our most vulnerable children are not accessing the key services that they most need. Recognizing that we can do better to support and intervene with crossover children is the first step in improving outcomes for these children and hopefully breaking a vicious cycle. We invite you to join us on the next steps in this process by attending two workshops to discuss how Brant and Brantford can prevent and better support local crossover children through collaboration and mutual understanding.. These workshops will feature former Ontario Chief Child Advocate and current professor Judy Finlay, the Honourable Justice Brain Scully and professor Sheena Scott.
Our first workshop will take place on December 9th, 2016 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford in the Research and Academic Centre West room RCW002. This workshop will provide an overview of the challenges we face in providing programming and supports for crossover children and it will share information about the context in Brant and Brantford.
The second workshop will be an all-day training on February 10th, 2017 at New Covenant Church running from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (a free lunch will be provided). This workshop will focus on providing specific tools and strategies to help support crossover children and at youth in danger of crossing over from the child welfare system to the criminal justice system. Case studies will be used to help participants throughout the non-profit sector and justice system understand how they can assist in improving outcomes for youth involved in the criminal justice and child welfare systems and listening to their voices better.
Both workshops will be of benefit for managers, supervisors, direct services working in organizations who interact with vulnerable children. The workshops will also be of benefit to individuals working in the justice system, including but not limited to, judges, lawyers, probation officers, police officers, social workers, and psychiatry staff.
You can also register by phone by calling 519-759-3330 x 6352
Please register early as seating is limited for this workshop.
Please also save the date for the February 10th, 2017 training and additional registration details will be provided.
Doctor Judy Finlay
Judy Finlay is presently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University and has been a member of the faculty in the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson since 2007. She is currently the Co-Chair and Principal Investigator of the Cross over Youth Project, which is designed to learn ways to interrupt the trajectory of youth in the care of the state from entering the youth justice system. Judy’s current research in which she is also the Principal Investigator includes: Mamow Ki-ken-da-ma-win: Searching Together: Enhancing wellness through a partnership-based approach to child, family and community in First Nations in remote northern Ontario. Judy is also presently a member of the Child and Family Services Review Board and Custody Review Board with the Social Justice Tribunal of Ontario.
Judy was the longest standing Child and Youth Advocate in Canada and was Ontario’s Chief Advocate from 1991-2007. Judy has worked for more than three decades in the areas of child welfare and children's mental health. Judy has participated in the development of children’s rights agendas, youth capacity building and leadership and community development in Mexico, Jamaica, Japan, Guatemala and Sierra Leone.
Justice Brian Muir Scully
Following his call to the Bar of Ontario in 1973, Justice Scully practiced criminal, youth justice, family, and child protection law in the City of Toronto. In 1983 he became a member of the Official Guardian’s Panel representing children in protection proceedings. In 1993 he was a Canadian delegate at the executive council meeting of the International Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
In 1992 and 1994 Justice Scully was a witness and presenter to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs on “proposed Amendments, Policy and Procedure” pertaining to the Young Offenders Act (YOA). In 1994 he was a participant in a two-day consultation with the Minister of Justice for Canada on the Young Offenders Act. In 1995 he was again a witness and presenter to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding the “Comprehensive Review of the YOA” and implementation issues. From 1997 to 2001 he was a member of the Legal Issues Committee of the Adolescent Sex Offender Services Continuum for the Government of Ontario. In 1999 he was a member of the Working Group for Diversion and Peer Mediation in partnership with the Ontario justice system. In 1999 he was a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association Youth Justice Legislation Committee. In 2001 and 2002 he served as a member of the National Judicial Institute committee on the development and teaching of youth justice curriculum for judges.
From 1992 to 1999 and 2001 to 2003, Justice Scully served on the governing council of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). From 1992 to 1997 he was vice-chair of the council and from 1997 to 1999 he was chair of the governing council.
In December 2005, Justice Scully, Professor Nicholas Bala and Justice Fred Ferguson of the Provincial Court of New Brunswick conducted an Education Seminar on the Youth Criminal Justice Act for the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick and the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island, Appeal Division.
In October 2008, Justice Scully was a participant and presenter at the Roundtable Discussions between the Supreme Court of Canada and the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China on Juvenile Justice.