John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin

Youth Justice Services

Youth Justice Committee

The Youth Justice Committee program is for youths who have been involved in a low-risk offence. It takes a systems approach that not only involves the young person, but also their family, guardians, the victim and trained members of the community.

Together, we walk through the offence and its impact and then negotiate an appropriate way to make amends. These sanctions, which could include attending counselling, school and workshops, are designed to also provide support to any underlying causes, including trauma, mental health, addiction or financial insecurity, that contributed to the criminal behaviour.

Our sanctions are focused on positivity and support early intervention so that the young people who come to us don’t end up in our adult programs down the road.


Halton Youth Attendance Centre

A provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, this program helps young people work towards taking responsibility for their actions and building a positive future for themselves.

This full system approach can involve multiple people involved in the youth’s care, such as their family, school officials and others. Each of our clients also work one-on-one with a counsellor, who conducts an initial assessment and then creates a unique program tailored to their specific needs. This could be a focus on anger management, life skills, peer relationships or employment readiness.

The intensity of each program is also based on the client’s level of experience and involvement with the criminal justice system. Each youth becomes ingrained in our community and develops a support system while transitioning from childhood to adulthood.


That’s A Wrap (TAW)

This program provides intensive case management and supports to youth between 12 and 24 who are at risk of gun and gang violence. Case managers work with youth and their families to develop an individualized service plan that addresses barriers to the social determinants of health and risks associated with involvement in the criminal justice system and gang violence. We support these youth to build the self-confidence, increase community connections, and lasting positive change.