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These indicators have been compiled with a grading system to help you and your community think through aspects of child and youth friendliness in each domain. 


A grading system allows you to recognize that (for most of these indicators) there are many steps between 'not at all child and youth friendly' and 'extremely child and youth friendly'. Your community may fall somewhere in the middle on many of the indicators. 


For each indicator, try to grade your community out of 10.

1 being "Not at all child and youth friendly",

5 being "some positive aspects but some changes could be made" and

10 being "We are a leader in child and youth friendly practices".


This is designed to be printed and done communally. 




services are readily available when children, youth, and families need them (no waiting lists)


services address young people’s needs holistically, including physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs


services respect the unique nature of aboriginal people’s experiences and cultures


services are accessible and appropriate for children and youth with special needs, including those with hidden disabilities (hidden disabilities include learning disabilities, FASD, and other disabilities that may not be immediately apparent)


staff and volunteers are carefully screened (for this domain, ‘staff’ refers to police officers, probation officers, lawyers, judges, social workers, youth workers, and other related professionals)


staff and volunteers are trained on abuse/neglect issues
staff and volunteers are trained on child rights


staff and volunteers are trained on hidden disabilities


staff and volunteers have the skills to communicate effectively with children, youth, and their families, and treat them with respect

adults clearly inform young people about their rights


adults support and empower children/youth to participate in decisions that affect them


alternative measures are available for young offenders


international guidelines are followed on the administration of juvenile justice


arrest guidelines for young people are acknowledged and followed
social networking sites have posts that increase awareness in youth about different justice service related sites


a comprehensive and cohesive interagency approach is utilized in service
offices are child and youth friendly in design and appearance


meeting spaces are provided to protect the privacy and dignity of children and youth


offices clearly display information about complaints processes and advocacy services


well-publicized information (how to access services) are available in multiple languages on websites and in print


services are easily accessed through toll-free telephone lines


foster placements are arranged within the community and with the input of affected children/youth


programs exist for incarcerated parents to visit with their children, when in the best interest of the child/youth


programs exist for incarcerated parents to raise their very young children, when in the best interest of the child


opportunities exist for older rehabilitated youth to play in leadership roles and to act as mentors for at-risk youth and children


alternative measures and restorative justice programs are offered for young offenders


opportunities exist for offenders to redirect their interests in a positive way that benefits the community


safe or transition houses and shelters for victims of relationship violence are available that accommodate the victim’s children and are inaccessible to potential/accused abusers




1- UNFRIENDLY             5- OK                     10-A LEADER




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