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The Person Beyond the File

Lessons from Young People on Working with Youth in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems

A Resource for Adults who Work with Youth

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Module 1 - First Encounters with the Justice System

Module 2 - First Experiences in Care

Module 3 - Reflections on Diversion and Probation

Module 4 - Interactions with Police and Other Authority Figures

Module 5 - How a Professional Made a Difference

Module 6 - Confusion within the System

Module 7 - Mental Health

Module 8 - Advice to Professionals

Module 9 - How the System Affected Relationships with Parents

Module 10 - The File: How Information is Created, Maintained and Share

Module 11 - Indigenous Perspectives

About the Partners

This video resource developed from a partnership between the Ontario Justice Education Network, Productions Cazabon, the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. To learn more about each of these partner organizations, click the links below.

OJEN Cazabon CWLC Children and Youth

About the Funders

The Person Beyond the File was made possible through funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Department of Justice. To learn more about these organizations, click the links below.

The Law Foundation of Ontario Department of Justice Canada

A Disclaimer

The information on this website is provided as general information and is not legal advice. This resource does not provide specific options or advice about handling a criminal case or a child protection matter. This resource is designed for adults who work with youth, some of whom may have their own questions about the criminal justice and child protection systems, and some who may need to answer general questions about these two systems. The information on this website is inadequate for someone preparing for their own criminal proceeding or child protection matter.

If you need advice about a specific legal problem, contact a lawyer or community legal clinic. Legal Aid or local Legal Aid Clinics may be able to provide a lawyer for a young person. Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) provides legal representation and advice for youth across Ontario and can help a young person find a local lawyer. Call JFCY at 1-866-999-JFCY.

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