Since September 2016, the Centre has been undertaking a project titled “Strengthening the Protective Environment for Children of Justice Involved Parents”, funded by Public Safety Canada. The project aims to break the cycle of victimization and criminal involvement by understanding the challenges faced by children of parents in conflict with the law and the difficulties faced by indigenous communities in ensuring the protection and care of these children. The project is currently being delivered in Terrace and Hazelton, British Columbia.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Understand the challenges faced by children of parents in conflict with the law and the difficulties faced by an Indigenous community in ensuring the protection and care of these children.
- Based on best practices and respect of the rights of the child, identify practical means through which multiple stakeholders and service providers (the community, child protection authorities, law enforcement and justice agencies) in a selected Indigenous community can better work together to support children going through the adverse and sometimes traumatic experience of having a parent in conflict with the law.
- Document the experience of the selected community and develop a short guidance document for other Indigenous communities interested in strengthening the protective environment for children of justice-involved parents.
UPDATE: In February 2017, a senior associate of the Centre submitted a report to the Department of Justice on “The Impact of Sentencing and Other Judicial Decisions on the Children of Parents in Conflict with the Law: Implications for Sentencing Reform”. The report was prepared as part of the aforementioned Public Safety project.
To view the report click here.