Mobilizing the hope to "do good": transitions from youth custody

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Sometimes one mistake can throw your entire life off track. For youth in custody, the challenge of recovering and moving forward is especially difficult.

To help BC youth transition from custody back into their communities, Dr. Anne Marshall and a team at UVic’s Centre for Youth and Society (CYS) recently completed a study that explored the question: “What do youth identify as being most important to their past youth justice system success and re-integration?”

This is one of 250 research questions that community agencies, scholars, and BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) agree are vital to the well-being of our province’s youth and families. Assembled in MCFD’s Shared Research Agenda, some of these questions are being explored as joint initiatives between UVic and MCFD. Building on previous research with the Victoria Youth Custody Centre, Dr. Marshall and her team interviewed both youth and custody professionals to explore supports and barriers to successful transitions.

The team’s findings were presented to MCFD executives and staff across BC in November 2014, underscoring the importance of transition plans that incorporate these youths’ own goals, capacities, and supportive community connections.

For more CYS research, visit http://youth.society.uvic.ca/research