The Cross-Over Youth Committee was formed in October 2013 with members seeking to understand what triggered the trajectory of youth from the child welfare to the youth justice system and how the resultant consequences could be ameliorated. The Committee is co-chaired by Professor Judy Finlay, (Principal Investigator) Ryerson University and Justice Brian Scully, Ontario Court of Justice (Judicial Lead).

The initial discussions included professionals from across all relevant service sectors. All sectors were committed to finding solutions to the issues facing cross over youth. To this end, under phase one of the Project, a series of forums took place across nine service sector groups:

  • Judges
  • Justices of the Peace
  • Legal service sector (e.g., the Defense Counsel and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer)
  • Crown Attorneys
  • Child Welfare
  • Probation Services
  • Youth
  • Group Care
  • Police Services

The report, Cross-Over Youth: Care to Custody summarized the findings of these consultations and made recommendations regarding the ten themes consistently identified by the participants.  The predominant theme was the need for more meaningful collaboration across service sectors.