Standards for Canadian organizations

2020 Edition

Youth Custody Services Definition


Youth Custody Services promote public safety by providing youth with a supportive, structured setting that helps them address their needs and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviours, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding citizens.


Youth Custody Services provide full-time staffed placement services to youth remanded or sentenced by a youth justice court. Rather than focusing on the short-term public safety that may be achieved simply by removing youth from society, CA-YCS promotes long-term public safety by encouraging provision of services and supports that can help youth avoid reoffending behaviour and become productive members of society. 

CA-YCS can be used to review both secure and non-secure programs (e.g., from programs that lock youth in their rooms, to programs that are perimeter-secure, to programs that are less restrictive).


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Note: The organization's services will be reviewed and matched with the most appropriate Service Standard, regardless of the population served. When an organization operates a program where the service population includes but is not limited to youth involved with the youth justice system, it may be more appropriate to complete another Service Standard, such as Group Living Services (CA-GLS) or Residential Treatment Services (CA-RTX).

Organizations providing only remand services will complete the relevant practice standards within the section and have the option to take NAs where noted. 

Note: Please see CA-YCS Reference List for the research that informed the development of these standards.

Note: For information about changes made in the 2020 Edition, please see the CA-YCS Crosswalk.