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NCJ Number: 164198 Find in a Library
Title: Phase II of the Runaways and Street Youth Project: The Ottawa Case Study; Final Report
Author(s): T Caputo; R Weiler; K Kelly
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 114
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Ministry of Supply and Services
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5, Canada
Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-662-22441-8
Sale Source: Canada Ministry of Supply and Services
123 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5,
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: As part of Phase II of Canada's Runaway and Street Youth Project, this report presents a case study of Ottawa's response to the problem of runaways and street youth.
Abstract: A multi-faceted research design strategy was developed to conduct an in-depth analysis of how Ottawa has responded to runaways and street youth. Interviews were conducted with both front-line and supervisory staff in youth-serving agencies, youth living on the street or in marginal situations, and youth in custodial settings known to have spent time on the street. Questionnaires were administered to average high school students, and focus group meetings were held with youth. Also, a delphi meeting was held with agency staff who participated in the interviews. Interviews explored the characteristics of the street youth population; antecedents to going to the street; the involvement of street youth in risky or illegal activities; and street youth's knowledge, use, and assessment of services available to them. Following a profile of the characteristics of the runaway and street youth population in Ottawa, this report examines Ottawa's youth service system. This encompasses the social service system, the education system, the youth justice system, the health care system, community agencies, and common issues that face the youth service system. This is followed by a section that presents the views of street youth and high school youth on the service system. Policy implications drawn from the study findings focus on community-based approaches to youth and violence, juvenile justice and legislative reform, multi-faceted community responses to youth-at-risk, and community policing. Appended supplementary information and research instruments
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Homeless children; Programs for runaways; Runaways
Note: Final Report No. 1994-11
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