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NCJ Number: 186906 Find in a Library
Title: Information Sharing
Author(s): David Pomerant
Date Published: May 1999
Page Count: 103
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Department of Justice
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8, Canada
Sale Source: Canada Department of Justice
Justice Bldg. Kent St., at Wellington St.
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8,
Canada
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This Canadian report explores ways to improve linkages and the sharing of information between child protection agencies and the criminal justice system, focusing on the sharing of information about risks to children.
Abstract: Both the child protection and criminal justice systems have the common goals of preventing and protecting children from harm as well as an interest in sharing information as effectively as possible in order to achieve these goals. Before recommending possible improvements, the report discusses what information about risks to children, and from what sources, is collected by or may come into the possession of the two systems; the current Canadian laws and policies that govern information-sharing in the two systems; the problems, impediments, or barriers to effective sharing of information; and the actions that have been implemented or are proposed in Federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions to address identified or perceived deficiencies. Various review bodies and coroners' inquests have identified deficiencies in information-sharing policies and practices relating to the handling of cases of abuse and neglect. These include misunderstandings about roles, functions, and mandates; inadequate training; problems in the collection and accessibility of information; case management problems; failure to plan based on information available; and faulty assessments of risk. Recommendations are offered for addressing identified deficiencies in the sharing and use of information shared between the two systems.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse prevention; Child protection services; Criminal justice agencies; Information dissemination; Interagency cooperation
Note: accessed 02/06/2001
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