Realizing Rights—Responding to Needs: Youth with Disabilities in Conflict with the Law

Publications

1. Realizing Rights—Responding to Needs: Discussion Paper

Author: SCY Society for Children and Youth of B.C.
Project Consultant: Linda Graham
Project Researcher: Susan Kim
Project funding provided by: Justice Canada, Youth Justice Policy Section Department of Justice, Vancouver Foundation, and the former Office of the Child and Youth Officer.

Resource Summary:
How can we ensure realization of the rights of youth with disabilities in conflict with the law? How can their needs best be met at various stages of the youth criminal justice system? And what can be done to prevent young people with disabilities from coming into conflict with the law? This discussion paper shares information about, and seeks answers to, these and other important questions on youth justice and disability.

There is a lack of Canadian and BC based research examining these issues. The purpose of this discussion paper is to share information derived from reviewing the literature and to obtain input on the BC situation. What are the experiences of youth with disabilities (and their parents/ guardians) who are involved with the youth criminal justice system in this province? How can these experiences be improved, at various stages of the system (e.g., initial contact with police; Crown, charges, and court; sentencing; youth custody programs; reintegration into the community)? Ultimately, SCY is seeking input on what an “ideal” youth criminal justice system would look like... one that realizes the rights, and meets the needs, of all youth, including youth with disabilities.

To download the discussion paper click here.

 

2. Realizing Rights—Responding to Needs: Community Consultation Report

Author: SCY Society for Children and Youth of B.C. (Erlene Woollard and Jessica Chant)

Project funding provided by: Justice Canada and Vancouver Foundation

Resource Summary:
This report provides the results of the provincial exploration of the root causes of the marginalization of youth with disabilities in the conflict with the law, gives voice to the perspective of youth, their parents, and those who work most directly with them. This study used the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a “lens” to explore the complex systems.

To download the Community Consultation Report Executive Summary click here.

To download the Community Consultation Report Full Report click here.

 

3. Springboard for ActionMay 2009 Roundtable Report
Author: SCY Society for Children and Youth of B.C. (Erlene Woollard)
Project funding provided by: Vancouver Foundation

This is the summary of the Realizing RightsResponding to Needs roundtable hosted by SCY in May of 2009. The report includes several key points of discussion and recommendations agreed upon by the 60 participants that attended the event.

For more information and to download report click here.

4. Realizing Rights—Responding to Needs: Youth Films

SCY partnered with Reel Youth to host a film making workshop for youth for the Realizing Rights—Responding to Needs: Youth with Disabilities in Conflict with the Law project.

To access all three films click here.