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.
Examples: The organization can establish an appropriate culture by, for example, ensuring personnel model pro-social behaviour and attitudes in daily interactions, and encouraging youth to do the same. This approach can also help to prevent bullying and other unsafe, negative, or anti-social peer interactions.
Note:The training and activities addressed in CA-YCS 11 will support the development of the positive, pro-social culture described in this standard.
The organization maintains an accurate and readily-accessible schedule of services, and youth spend their days engaged in meaningful programming and activities.
Treatment, services, and activities are appropriate for and sensitive to youths’ age, developmental level, language, disability, gender and gender identity, culture, ethnic heritage, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and past experiences of trauma.
Youth have opportunities to participate in activities appropriate to their needs, skills, and interests, including:
sports and athletic activities;
cultural enrichment activities;
social activities; and
The organization evaluates youth for their ability to participate in athletic activities and obtains as necessary:
a medical records release; or
a signed document from a qualified medical professional stating that a youth is physically capable of participating.
Youth have the right to:
make telephone calls; and
send and receive mail.
The organization allows for privacy in visits, phone calls, and correspondence to the extent possible and appropriate, and youth are informed of any limits on privacy.