Attention POAO members!

Continue to look at this space for ongoing information regarding MCYS Youth Justice!  As professionals we know that information and research are key to framing the work we do.  Here are two links to remind us of research and best practice.

Stepping up

Roots of Youth Violence

We are underway with consultations with our probation officers about “Positioning Probation for the Future” in Youth Justice Services Division, Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS).  A key communication approach for the work is to post information on the MCYS Intranet Site, in the Youth Justice tab under Probation Strategy.  For your ease please find attached link,

 To date we have posted the following 7 items. They outline what we are doing, request input from MCYS probation officers via surveys and outline our progress.

  • March 10, 2016 – Positioning Probation Services for the Future: Introduction
  • April 20, 2016 – Positioning Probation Services for the Future: Getting Ready
  • April 27, 2016 – Positioning Probation Services for the Future: Probation Achievements
  • May 4, 2016  – Positioning Probation Services for the Future: Priorities for Probation
  • May 6, 2016 – Positioning Probation Services for the Future: Priorities for Probation
  • May 30, 2016 – Positioning Probation Services for the Future: Priorities for Probation
  • June 1, 2016 – Positioning Probation for the Future: Regional Consultations

Probation and Probation/Parole staff in both MCYS and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services have access to the MCYS Intranet site and can view these documents directly.

 POAO would like to thank MCYS for recognizing POAO website as an important tool to keep members informed and engaged.  Please keep checking here for support, further information and education links.

Youth Policy

Thank you to the Provincial Board for recognizing the need for a dedicated Board position to the role of Youth Policy. From my previous experience with the Board, I recognize the importance of the Policy position, especially with representing the membership on important issues that impact our roles and professional capabilities.

Feedback on key issues related to our role in delivering on transformational targets within youth justice has been given. I trust that members will continue to forward their concerns to the Board directly, whether through myself, other Board members and Branch Chairs.

While I work to establish the role of the Youth Policy Director, I have already set key goals for this position and myself. Two have met prior to January 2016 including improving my knowledge base of PO Basic Training/Optional training stream components, especially related to community partners, and my knowledge of the role of Data Stewards. I look forward to improving communication between members and our Board regarding our professional roles in other key outcome strategies of MCYS, including but not limited to the Court Liaison role, our role at Connectivity Tables and our role on provincial strategy committees related to the Youth Action Plan.

I challenge each of you, and you all work with adolescents, with a “t” because adolescence, with a “c” is from age 12-25, to consider your own learning goals with respect to the Youth Action Plan. There is a wealth of information and another key goal of this position will be to assist members and the Board with sorting through the various reports and strategies to consider our response as a Professional Association.

I look forward to learning from each Branch and all members how our profession is celebrated, promoted, supported and integral to all “t” adolescents as we continue to work within justice sector for clients in the “c” – ADOLESENCE.

Thank you again to the membership for being in support of this position and I look forward to working with each and every one of you.

Karen Tinning

My work on the Board, especially in this position, has allowed me to learn about our profession in all parts of the province, starting here at “home”.  Three Probation Officers from the West Region have been specifically designated to assist with Moving on Mental Health.  An update on this work has been specifically prepared for POAO and is posted here.  Please read and pass along.  Other POAO members may know of creative energies and activities that POs in other regions are involved in.  Please consider sharing with me, for our website, to keep our professional accomplishments at the foreground in all of MCYS transformation.

– Karen Tinning