Youth Custody & Detention Services

Turning lives around: that’s what the Kennedy House Youth Centre is all about. This 12 bed, facility for males provides a safe, consistent and highly structured environment for high risk youth who have been detained or sentenced under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. In this program, youth benefit from the kind of care and positive influence our committed staff provide through a caring environment and positive role models.

Getting these young people back on track is our highest priority. At the Kennedy House Youth Centre, we work towards ensuring they do not re-offend upon release by:
  • Holding residents accountable for their actions;
  • Focusing on the rewards of positive decision making;
  • Building relationships through open, honest communication;
  • Regular counselling;
  • Positive role modelling;
  • Evidence-based programming*;
  • A state-of-the-art modern building that is clean, comfortable & respectful;
  • A safe environment in which to learn, grow and change; and
  • On-site educational programming (e.g. fully equipped tech shop, computer lab).

*Evidence-based programming takes the stance that good ethical practices are based on information and actions known to work. We endeavour to apply the best intervention and methods, based on proven research and current knowledge.

Custody vs. Detention

Custody vs. Detention: It’s the difference between showing sensitivity while being results-oriented and simply being regimented. 

Detention residents at the Kennedy House Youth Centre have different needs and issues than those who have been sentenced and are in custody. Detained youth are in a kind of limbo, held at the centre while awaiting their case through the court system. These youth find themselves in a stressful situation, uncertain of how long they will stay at the Centre, or of how their future will unfold. Many also have a history of unstable family lives or challenging personal relationships. For these residents, engagement in the programs offered at the Centre can be particularly difficult. 

On the other hand, custody residents are not encumbered in the same way and have a clearer picture of where they stand. They are serving sentences established by Youth Court. Programming is easier to plan with an established discharge date.

Staff members are highly attuned to the different needs of these youth groups and respond accordingly. Every resident is treated with the respect, understanding and encouragement they need to progress.