Alternative Residential Placement/Community Youth Worker ProgramTwo Island-wide, community based programs with an overall goal to prevent youth crime and reduce recidivism.
Emphasis is placed upon the reintegration of youth back into their families and the community.
High risk youth who are, or potentially could be, experiencing trouble with the law. Referrals are received from: Probation Services; Child and Family Services; Youth Centres; Mental Health; Education; Family; Self; etc.
Community Youth Workers
- Provide one-to-one counselling and support services to high-risk youth and their families.
- Support and maintain Alternative Residential Placements and youth within these homes through regular contact, consultation, and liaising with other agencies and community organizations.
- Initiate and facilitate preventative programs for youth and their families within the community including groups: Anger Management; Peer Helper; Effective Parenting of Teens; etc.
- Carry out regular home visits to assess and strengthen family and community functioning.
- A network of specialized homes across the Province that provides an opportunity for high-risk youth to live in a safe, structured environment.
- Provide an effective alternative to custody for youth who have a residency clause in their Probation Order or are serving an open-custody disposition.
- ARP providers offer guidance in areas such as: life skills; education and community involvement.
- Average placement period is three to six months.
- Families interested in providing this service to youth will be evaluated on their ability to provide well-disciplined, caring environments. Professional development and training opportunities, as well as ongoing support will be offered to those who meet the criteria.