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ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT - Youth Services Bureau

ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT - Youth Services Bureau

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From the teens“The people who held the classes were cool!”“I liked that the parents and the teens were together tolearn together.”“It was like taking medicine for your cold. It madethings better and it didn’t even taste bad!”“Honest and helpful facilitators.”L’INTERSECTION : SCHOOL-BASEDDIVERSION PROGRAMThis year provided a new opportunity to continue ourcollaboration with « Le conseil des écoles catholiquesdu centre Est » and « Le conseil des écoles publiques »by way of a pilot project funded by MCYS Youth JusticeServices. By means of a partnership with the EducationSector, Police Services, and a youth service provider,a program was designed to offer extra-judiciarymeasures, prevention programs, and peer mediationtraining. The focus of these interventions was to lowerthe risk of school dropout among youth who weredeemed high-risk by offering an alternative to thejudicial measures that would be imposed as a result ofincidents taking place at school or implicating youthfrom the same school. The whole school benefits fromthis initiative by offering an opportunity to staff andyouth to help make their school a harmonious learningenvironment. The project was implemented in twosecondary schools: Franco-Cité (CECLFCE) and GisèleLalonde (CEPEO).By way of a restorative justice forum, the peopleinvolved have the opportunity to discuss the crimeand its impact and develop a fair plan of restitutionacceptable to all. The process allows the offenderto take responsibility and correct the wrongcommitted, and the victim to express his/her needs.The process allows harmony to be restored in theirschool, restitution for the offence committed, andreintegration or maintenance of the student in theschool.Individual support is offered voluntarily to the youthand his/her family after the restorative justice forum.Once an assessment of the individual and family’sneeds is completed and risk factors are identified, anintervention plan is established collaboratively withthe youth and the family. Other community resourcesand supports can be accessed as well, if the needsidentified for the family require it. This year 25 youthwere referred to the program.SECTION 23: THE EDUCATION CENTRE:DAY TREATMENT PROGRAMYouth Services Bureau, in partnership with the school,Le Transit, offered a day treatment class for the fourthyear in a row. The class at the Education Centrewelcomed 12 young Francophone youth, grades 7and 8, who were exhibiting defiant and aggressivebehaviour. The schools from the two French languageschool boards in Ottawa wanting to refer a youthto the program had to submit their request to theCoordinated Access Committee, the sole point ofaccess for all day treatment programs.The program offers individual instruction and a wholerange of specialized workshops designed to meetthe needs of our clients: anger management, stressmanagement, conflict resolution, and social skillsinstruction. The team evaluates the individual, familyand community needs of the client and works to putin place all the services necessary to bring about apositive outcome.A warm and collaborative atmosphereIn spite of limited resources, the Education Centreteam continues to work passionately to offer atreatment program that follows best practiceguidelines. In its fourth year, the team has served12 students with complex needs, both in relation totheir school work and their behaviour. After morethan a two month period of adjustment, the teamsuccessfully restored a positive and warm groupdynamic which lasted for the year. The group dynamicallows the youth with great difficulties to blossom,grow, develop a pleasure for learning and adopt soundvalues to guide their choices and their behaviour.ActivitiesThis year the youth at the Education Centreparticipated in several extracurricular activities suchas downhill skiing, tobogganing, skating, a visit tothe Museum of Science and Technology, a visit toBonnechere Caves, etc. The youth also participatedin several cooking classes where they had to usemathematical concepts while learning to cookdifferent meals.Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Annual Report 2006 / 2007 33

Service Activities:Served: 12 unique clients (all boys) from April 2006to March 2007Outcomes:One client was integrated back into the regularschool setting;One client was integrated into a specializedprogram;4 clients are currently partially reintegrated andwill be fully reintegrated in September;One client had to end his placement;One client had to end his placement due to a moveout of the service area;4 clients will continue in the program.Services for clients and families served during theyearFrom Youth Services Bureau: 6 youth receivedindividual counselling; 4 youth received familycounselling; there was collaboration with theIntegrated Crisis Services.Professional Consultation Services:2 youth had consultations with a psychiatrist;2 youth received remedial instruction assessments;10 youth received psychological assessments.Four students from the University of Ottawa offeredtutoring services to 5 youth in the program as partof their training curriculum. These students choseto offer their services to the youth in the program inorder to complete the hours of community servicerequired by the University. This experience was aresounding success.Two youth also received financial support throughthe Coordinated Access Committee to allow themto participate in extracurricular sport activities.One of them participated in two Ottawa UniversityGG’s basketball camps, while another received abicycle to give him access to some physical activity.The Education Centre team always works in closecollaboration with different community agencies tosupport the youth enrolled in the program.LA RELANCEDuring the 2005-2006 school year the Ontario Ministryof Education informed us that the strict schooldiscipline programs that were being offered acrossthe province would be in transition and would ceaseoperations at the end of the 2007-2008 school year.During the past two years representatives from theMinistry enhanced the programming for La Relanceand were able to offer more support services tothe school boards. Their main objective was for theschools to become self-sufficient in dealing withbehavioural problems with high needs students withintheir schools. The program continued to offer trainingas well as support through the use of multidisciplinaryteam consultation to the different schools withinthe three different French language school boards.Among the services offered was training for the schoolpersonnel around behaviour management within theclassroom as well as support services for students andtheir families who were struggling.To be able to meet the goals set out by the Ministryof Education, the program mandate for La Relancechanged for the 2006-2007 school year. Services werenow being offered to the students who were fullyexpelled, partially expelled and students with repeatsuspensions. In order to make this change happenthe three French language school boards providedadditional funding to supplement the funding alreadyprovided by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Twosites were chosen to provide the service, one in Ottawaand the other in Hawkesbury. Each site offered thestudents and their families an educational componentas well as individualized support and intervention. Thestudents with a full suspension were given high priorityfor the service.The Ottawa site offered the service to two studentswho had been fully expelled and nine students whowere partially expelled (meaning that they couldreturn to their school the following year; however,they were unable to return during the current schoolyear). The Hawkesbury site offered services to a totalof twelve students who had either a partial expulsionor who had been suspended. Counselling serviceswere offered to the students and their families byprofessional clinical counsellors in both of the sites.The Ottawa site was provided counselling servicesby the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, and theHawkesbury site was provided counselling servicesthrough the Child and Adult Services of Prescott-Russell. As always, an individualized intervention planwas provided to the family that would address theneeds of the youth and/or family using a strengthbasedapproach.The Working Committee that was established in 2005-2006 which gathered representatives from all threeparticipating school boards along with the staff fromthe Bureau spent the last school year reviewing andresearching programs and approaches that were beingused in different school settings that could help34Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Annual Report 2006 / 2007

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