A National Survey of Youth Justice Committees in Canada

Appendix A - Survey Instruments (continued)


We would like your help in filling out this form. We are conducting a national survey of Youth Justice Committees (YJCs). This survey is sponsored by the federal Department of Justice. The purpose of this survey is to discover how many YJCs there are in Canada, to obtain information on the nature and scope of their work, and to find out how YJC members and coordinators see some of the challenges for the future, especially under the new Youth Criminal Justice Act. The final report will be a public document.

Completed forms can be faxed to (416) 651-3318, or mailed to: Robert Hann and Associates, 130 Glenholme Avenue, Toronto M6E 3C4. Many, many thanks for your help.

  • Name of your YJC
  • Location
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • e-mail address
  • YJC Coordinator's (or other contact) Name
  • Host Agency (if any)
  1. Roles of the YJC - Please place a “Yes” or other mark beside EACH of the roles which your YJC plays:
    • Make decisions about youth who are eligible for alternative measures (AMP)
    • Make decisions about youth not eligible for alternative measures (AMP)
    • Give advice to youth courts on sentencing of cases of youth
    • Give advice to other members of the justice system on ways of dealing with youth (specify who)
    • Plan and deliver crime prevention programs
    • Mediate between or reconcile youthful offenders and victims
    • Give support and help to victims (more than just giving them information)
    • Meet with youth, their families and community members in order to work out the best answers to youth crime (Family Group Conferencing)
    • Find or provide placements or ways for youth to perform community service or other conditions of alternative measures (AMP)
    • Help youth to find work
    • Help youth with school (get back in school, find tutors, etc.)
    • Help youth to find other help in the community
    • Help youth to find someone to talk to, counselling, treatment, etc.
    • Mentor (be a kind of a “big brother or sister” to) youth who have committed an offence
    • Get support and resources for new measures for youth (generally)
    • Do any of the above for adult offenders or adult accused persons
    • Other (specify)
  2. How many volunteer members are there on the YJC in total?
  3. Is there a local Board of Directors or some other group of local people who advise and guide the YJC?
    • Yes
    • or No
  4. If Yes, who are these advisory board members (not their names, but their jobs - like citizen, Crown attorney, police, Band Council member)
  5. Does the YJC have a paid coordinator?
    • Yes
    • or No
    In total, how many paid positions are there which support the YJC (e.g., one-half, one)?
  6. How many of the current YJC members have had any job experience working in the youth justice system or related fields like social work?
  7. Must YJC members take training in order to be on the YJC?
    • Yes
    • or No
  8. What offences (crimes) are most often involved in the cases the YJC sees (e.g., theft under, mischief, shoplifting, common assault - the one or two most common)
  9. How would you describe most of the cases that go to the YJC, in terms of how serious the offence is and the youth's needs are? Would you say most cases are:
    • Not serious at all
    • Not very serious
    • Somewhat serious
    • Very serious
    • this question doesn't apply to us
  10. At what stage(s) does the YJC deal with cases of youth accused of an offence [check or say “Yes” to all that apply]?
    • Before charges are laid
    • After charges are laid but before court
    • After conviction in youth court
    • At the sentencing stage
    • Other (specify)
  11. Where do most referrals of youth cases come from?
    • Police
    • Crown
    • Youth Court
    • Other (specify)
  12. How many members of the YJC sit to decide on cases of youth?
  13. Does the coordinator also sit to decide on cases?
    • Yes
    • or No
  14. Does anybody read a formal statement to the youth and parent, explaining about their rights in the YJC process?
    • Yes
    • or No
  15. Are victims asked to come to the YJC meeting with youth?
    • Yes
    • or Sometimes
    • or No
  16. [If yes] How often do victims come to the meeting?
    • Never or almost never
    • Sometimes
    • A lot
    • All the time or almost all the time
    • This question does not apply to us
  17. Are victims asked about how the offence hurt them?
    • Yes
    • or Sometimes
    • or No
  18. From all sources, how much funding in total does the YJC receive to carry out its work with youth (i.e. this year)? $
  19. What kind of help do you get from the host agency, government, Band Council, anybody else? (check as many as apply)? By this we mean free:
    • Office space
    • Office support (with paperwork, budgets, etc.)
    • Intake or other skilled services (casework, liaison with police, etc.)
    • Office supplies and services (photocopying, stamps, etc.)
    • Other (specify)
  20. Would you be willing to do a telephone interview with us?
    • Yes
    • or No
      If Yes, please give your name and phone number and a good time to call.

Many, many thanks!

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