March 25, 2003
For Immediate Release
GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS ON YOUNG OFFENDERS RELEASED
OTTAWA - Following the replacement of the Young Offenders
Act with new legislation, The Canadian School Boards Association
(CSBA) launched new guidelines on sharing information about young
people being dealt with under the new Youth Criminal Justice Act
The YCJA is supposed to provide a better balance between
the protection of the community and the rights of the young person.
However, information sharing with school officials is allowed, but
not required. As a result, school board officials are often not
informed when young offenders are required to attend school, and
may not know if they pose a safety risk to other students and staff.
CSBA continues to press the government to amend the YCJA to require that school board officials receive such vital information.
The Need to Know guide is based on the new Youth Criminal Justice
Act (YCJA) that will be proclaimed April 1, 2003, and the new approach
to the Youth Criminal Justice System.
Most young offenders are of school age. Decisions
regarding their cases have a direct impact on school systems in
Canada. The primary concern of school boards is to ensure the safety
of students and staff in their schools. Boards have a moral and
legal responsibility to ensure that schools are safe.
The Need to Know: A Guide for Timely and Ongoing Information
Sharing Between School Officials and Justice System Personnel, doesn't
just address the need for school boards to know about students who
may pose a safety risk. It also highlights effective board policies
for handling information about young offenders in an appropriate
and responsible manner.
The Canadian School Boards Association, the national
voice of school boards, is composed of ten provincial school board
associations representing over 350 school boards serving more than
four million elementary and secondary school students.
Communications & Government Relations Coordinator
(613) 235-3724 Extension 23
Canadian School Boards Association
L'Association canadienne des commissions/conseils scolaires
350 - 130 rue Slater Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 6E2
Tel: 613-235-3724 Fax: 613-238-8434
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