Child and Youth Care Worker
If you have always had a passion for youth and youth issues, Holland College offers a meaningful and challenging opportunity to convert this passion into a rewarding career. An intensive, professional level program, the Child and Youth Care Worker program offers students skills-oriented training to equip them to help children and adolescents and their families in coping with personal and daily living problems.
Many young people are burdened with neglect, abuse, emotional distress, family dysfunction and failure in many domains of their life. These burdens are displayed in social, emotional or behavioural problems surfacing in the family, the classroom and the community. The trained youth worker strives to work with the youth and their family by means of a supportive relationship to overcome these difficulties and obtain a more satisfying level of functioning and personal competence.
This accelerated program is designed to prepare the motivated and mature individual for a career working with a wide range of troubled youth. The youth worker is educated to recognize and address the social and emotional needs of children and adolescents and is also concerned with the total individual, his/her family, education and rehabilitation. A strength-based philosophy committed to creating competence in youth is the cornerstone of the program curriculum.
On-the-job training is a major component in the education of the Youth Worker student. It provides concentrated practice and supervision in which the learner can develop and learn the essential practical skills of helping children and youth.
Currently, in the Child and Youth Care Worker field, the standard auto insurance policy is $2,000,000 to transport clients. If students wish to use their own vehicles to transport clients throughout the practicum, this level of coverage will be required.
Students may be asked for an updated criminal records check throughout the school year as OJT sites usually require it to be no more than 6 months old.
Child and Youth Care Worker Coursesprint full list with descriptions
Take the following course(s):
This course will introduce students to the core elements of a helping relationship and the corresponding strategies used to develop such a relationship. A variety of communication skills including paraphrasing, reflecting feelings, empathy, questioning, confronting, self-disclosure, describing behaviors, summarizing, problem-solving, and treatment planning will be discussed. The importance of effective communication in dealing with crisis oriented and challenging situations as well as communication roadblocks will be explored. A central theme presented throughout this course will be the necessity for students to develop an ongoing commitment to self-awareness as a vital part of their counseling framework. Opportunities for the practical application of skills will occur through the use of exercises, group discussions, and both live and videotaped role plays. Students will be guided in the development of a repertoire of specific skills to support and aid clients in a constructive and culturally sensitive manner to address problematic issues in their lives.
Course Code: CYCW-1000
Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
This course will examine the child from the perspective of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. The influence of family, school, and community upon identity, personality, cognition, and moral judgment will be explored through ecological systems theory as well as other prominent developmental theories. Strong emphasis will be placed on the issues of attachment and bonding and the long term implications for healthy functioning. Students will be taken along the "normal" developmental path of childhood and adolescence as well as acquainting themselves with some of the conditions and situations that inevitably alter this path for many children. This course will provide a framework for helping families understand and support their children with the necessary developmental tasks and foster resilience and competency in that process.
Course Code: CYCW-1005
Issues in Child Welfare
This course will introduce students to the world of child welfare from a historical, clinical, and legislative perspective. Students will explore the core themes of attachment, separation, and placement that impact children and their families when they become immersed in the foster care system and beyond. Effective interventions and treatment approaches will be examined as well as the roles and responsibilities of child welfare agencies, courts, legal system, law enforcement, hospitals, schools, mental health systems, and other community agencies involved in the case plan for the youth and family. The continuum of care for out of home placements will be studied and beneficial strategies will be noted that meet the youth's attachment and relationship needs. An overriding question posed throughout the course will be "what is in the best interest of the child?"
Course Code: CYCW-1010
This course is designed to introduce students to the complexities of the group work process both in community based settings and residential settings. The role of group work as an effective treatment modality for children and youth will be a central theme explored through course content. The group, as a mutual aid system, will be studied in depth as well as the typical stages of group development. Concentration will also be given to developing step by step plans for running groups and developing the necessary leadership skills and therapeutic interaction techniques to become a group facilitator with young people. Another major component of this course will be an examination of the patterns of group dynamic structure in residential settings including recognition of typical group roles of residents, problematic group behavior, appropriate staff interventions, and recording group behavior.
Course Code: CYCW-1015
Child and Youth Care: Theory and Practice
This course recognizes the critical importance of practice methods employed by child and youth care workers to promote healthy functioning in children, youth, and families. Students will become familiar with a competency-based philosophy and approach to assessing and intervening with youth in a variety of settings. Developing and implementing behavior management strategies will be a predominant focus of this course. Students will examine environmental design issues and the importance of daily living activities as seen within the context of the therapeutic milieu. Behavioral guidance methods including conflict resolution, crisis management, and life space interviewing will be studied in an effort to provide the student with a robust repertoire of practice tools. Attention will also be given to basic family systems theory and the importance of early intervention, family preservation, and strength based assessments of family functioning.
Course Code: CYCW-1020
Children's Mental Health
This broad based course will examine a wide range of behavioral, psychological, and social problems experienced by young people including treatment approaches currently endorsed to address these mental health issues. The influences of biological structure, genetics, cognition, social and emotional factors, family, peers, community, ethnicity, as well as cultural and situational determinants, will be addressed. Students will explore the psychopathology of childhood and adolescence as part of a continuum of development. Additionally, students will examine concepts of abnormality from a historical and current perspective including assessment and diagnostic methods used in the mental health field. The features, etiology, and treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and internalizing disorders will be covered. The process of formulating treatment plans and successful intervention strategies for specific disorders will also be covered. An intensive component of the course addresses basic knowledge and assessment information combined with techniques and tools to intervene with suicidal youth using specific assessment and intervention models. Students will learn the clinical symptoms of depression, how to assess lethality of depression and the signs and indicators of suicidal ideation. Intervention techniques designed to stabilize a youth contemplating or attempting suicide, including a safety plan and a supportive case plan, will be detailed. The dynamics of group contagion and managing other's responses to the suicidal youth as well as the characteristics and treatment of the self-mutilative youth will be addressed as a distinct component of the self-harm continuum.
Course Code: CYCW-1025
Child Abuse: Identification and Treatment
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the four primary categories of child maltreatment including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Students will study the complex interplay between the parent, child, environment, and society in order to gain a fuller understanding of the multitude of layers involved in the subject of child abuse. Another major component of this course will cover the identification of the physical, emotional, and behavioral indicators of abuse, casework implications, and the process of treatment for the child victim, the child's family, and his/her abuser. Attention will also be given to the long-term behavioral outcomes and styles of coping often exhibited by abuse survivors. In addition to the central themes of primary identification and intervention, students will be encouraged to examine their own emotional responses to the subject of child maltreatment and the crucial role that self-reflection plays in effective child and youth care intervention.
Course Code: CYCW-1030
Orientation to the Child and Youth Care Field
This course serves as a broad introduction into the multi-contextual field of child and youth care. Students will become familiarized with the early origins of child and youth care in residential settings following through to the rich variety of contemporary settings that employ child and youth care workers. Students will experience, first hand, the spectrum of services available for youth at risk. This course incorporates a specialized module focusing on unique features of school based youth work. Students will be introduced to the core features of the school culture and the organizational system designed to manage the school setting. Role definition, an overview of child and youth care worker tasks, best practice methods, and the specific challenges of working within the school environment will be addressed. Additionally, students will be provided with an overview of the youth justice system including key elements of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the court process, and the spectrum of services available for youth in conflict with the law.
Course Code: CYCW-1035
Designing Youth Programming
This course will introduce students to the importance of therapeutic programming for youth in a variety of settings. Students will be provided with a conceptual framework and the necessary skills to develop programs that can be used in the attainment of leisure, educational, and therapeutic goals with youth. Attention will be given to selecting and obtaining resources necessary for successful program implementation. Through hands-on exploration, students will gain exposure to skills in arts, crafts, games, and music that assist youth in identifying and developing their strengths and discovering their hidden talents as well as providing healthy outlets for leisure time. Students will learn to analyze the skill level required in various activities and how modifications can be made to ensure client satisfaction and success. Considerable emphasis will be placed upon tapping into children's creative potential using a variety of mediums in the recreation domain.
Course Code: CYCW-1041
Developing Self-Reflection in Child and Youth Care Practice
This course will guide students through an interactive process of recognizing personal strengths and limitations, feelings and needs, and the recognition of the impact that one's personal style has on others. Through an intensive, experiential seminar, using a small group format, students will explore values, beliefs, lifestyles, and family of origin issues. Students will also examine the influences these themes have on definition of self and others. Upon completion of this course, students will have developed increased awareness of the value of developing a reflective practice and the importance of distinguishing personal and professional boundaries and the ongoing necessity of maintaining healthy self-care strategies.
Course Code: CYCW-1045
Professionalism in Practice
This course is designed to instill in students the importance of making a commitment to integrate the core values of the child and youth care profession into their daily work. Students will explore key principles of professionalism as demonstrated by child and youth care workers in the workplace including professional behavior, parameters of ethical practice, incorporating cultural and human diversity into practice, and assessment and documentation skills.
Course Code: CYCW-1050
Safety and Security Practices in Youth Care Settings
This course is designed to acquaint students with the pertinent considerations necessary to create and sustain a safe and secure living environment. Students will examine a broad spectrum of topics including crisis management, physical interventions, life threatening situations, recognizing and controlling dangerous substances and situations, substance abuse issues, and risk management concerns in daily activities. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of policies, procedures, and strategic planning to provide maximum safety for clients and staff.
Course Code: CYCW-1055
Individual Client Practicum
The Individual Client Practicum places focus on the importance of building genuine relationships characterized by empathy and acceptance in promoting healthy personal development in youth. Relationship building, as a vehicle for change, is a central theme in child and youth care and students will learn first hand about the rewards and challenges of engaging a young person in a therapeutic relationship with an adult. During this practicum, students will interact with an "at risk" youth referred by a community agency. Students will be tasked with conducting a client needs assessment, creating a case plan, providing supportive counseling, monitoring client progress, and liaising with the referral agency. Students will also participate in regular integrative seminars to discuss issues that may arise in the casework process with their respective clients.
Course Code: CYCW-1060
Group Work Practicum
The Group Work Practicum is designed to provide students with a practical training dimension in group design and facilitation. Students will be tasked with creating, organizing, and facilitating a weekly discussion/activity group in a school or other community setting catering to youth. Group participants are selected on the basis of need and identified social skills deficits. This practicum provides students with valuable experience in developing leadership skills, behavior management strategies, and programming skills. In addition, weekly groups will be living laboratories where students can witness, first hand, the influence of group dynamics upon individual functioning.
Course Code: CYCW-1065
Agency Overview Practicum
The Child and Youth Care Worker Agency Overview Practicum is designed as an on-site opportunity for students in a residential or school based setting. During this practicum, students will be engaged in observing, questioning, and participating in daily activities and programs conducted at a facility. Students will be encouraged to interact with youth and staff whenever and wherever feasible in order to gain a realistic overview of the operational and situational demands of the youth care setting. Students will be required to experience a variety of shifts during this practicum in order to experience the environmental and behavioral changes displayed by youth at different times of the day and the corresponding demands placed upon the staff with these shifts. This first practicum is critical for students' experiential learning as it helps to confirm their desire to embark on a career in the child and youth care field. It also serves as a beginning clinical reference point for the theoretical components of later courses in the program.
Course Code: CYCW-1070
The Field Practicum experience is designed as the cumulative training dimension of the Child and Youth Care Worker program. The practicum is intended to affirm a student's suitability and readiness to meet the challenges of the child and youth care field. Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their professional skills, attitudes and abilities to work both independently and collectively, as part of a team, in a youth care setting. Upon successful completion of this practicum, students will have demonstrated their readiness to seek employment as entry level child and youth care workers.
Course Code: CYCW-1075
|Credential Issued:||Diploma, Child and Youth Care Worker|
Youth workers provide a wide range of support services to children and their families in a variety of settings. Employment opportunities exist within the following settings:
- Government or private agencies
- Crisis assessment centres
- Young offender facilities
- Residential treatment programs
- Group homes
- Day programs
- Various community-based, youth-oriented programs
- Family preservation programs
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- Grade 12 academic English (minimum 65% or equivalent based on English assessment arranged by Admissions)
- University credits in psychology and sociology and/or post-secondary diplomas or degrees will enhance application
- Candidates must be out of high school at least one year before applying to this program due to the nature of the work and the age range of the clientele serviced by a child and youth care worker
- Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer
- A Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Persons) with no findings of guilt
- Applicant interview, conducted by program staff, that includes applicant completion of a written assignment
- A minimum of 250 hours paid work or volunteer experience with youth ages 8-18, to be completed prior to the applicant interview. Babysitting hours are not acceptable. - related form
- Current CPR - Basic rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer.
- Completion of a program questionnaire
- Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.
- It is recommended that you have up to date Hep B immunizations.
Criminal Records Checks - Information for Prospective Students
The following was prepared as a source of information for persons interested in Holland College programs requiring Criminal Records Checks. Although care has been taken in preparing the information contained on this webpage and that the information provided was accurate at the time it was prepared, Holland College does not and cannot guarantee the accuracy thereof. Anyone using the information does so at their own risk and shall be deemed to indemnify Holland College from any and all injury or damage arising from such use. In the event of a conflict between this webpage and any of the sources noted the source document shall prevail. The sources used to prepare the webpage are noted at various places within the webpage and at the end.Index
A. Criminal Records
B. Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Verification
C. What is Screening?
D. What is a Certified Criminal Record Check?
E. What is a pardon?
F. Does a pardon erase a criminal record?
G. Will a criminal record check reveal that a pardon has been given?
H. Discharge, Conditional Or Absolute Discharge, Withdrawn Charge Or A Stay In Proceedings
I. Why do some Holland College programs require a Criminal Records Check?
J. Vulnerable Person
K. The National Sex Offender Registry
L. How will a criminal record affect my application?
M. How does a criminal record affect an application to programs at the Atlantic Police Academy?
N. I don’t have a criminal record, yet the form completed by the police indicates that I may or may not have a criminal record. What should I do?
O. What does Holland College do with the information I submit?
P. How does the College decide if a criminal record will cause my application to be rejected?
Q. What if I am convicted of a criminal offence after I have been accepted in the program?
R. Will the CRC or VSV that I submit with my application be sufficient for the duration of the program?
S. Do I have to submit my fingerprints in order to obtain a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification?
T. How does a criminal record impact my ability to travel?
U. Information Resources
Criminal Record Information means criminal records, fingerprints, photographs, and related information maintained in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records. Information for vulnerable sector purposes also means pardoned sexual offence convictions maintained in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records.
The Canadian Police Information Centre or CPIC is a service operated by the RCMP. The factsheet found at this website provides a full description and explanation of criminal records checks:
A number of Holland College programs require applicants to provide or submit to a Criminal Records Check (CRC) and/or a Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV). To determine if this applies to your program of interest, please refer to the College Website for the program and check under the “Admissions Requirements” and “Program Participation Requirements” sections.⇑ Return to top
Volunteer Canada defines Screening as an ongoing10-step process designed to identify any person (volunteer or staff) who may harm children or vulnerable adults. Screening involves more than a Police Records Check. For more information see http://volunteer.ca/topics-and-resources/screening .⇑ Return to top
There are two main types of certified RCMP Criminal Record Check products:
- Criminal Record Verification: This process verifies whether an individual has a criminal record and provides any relevant details contained within the National Criminal Records Repository.
- A certified Criminal Record Verification requires fingerprints.
- Should a certified Criminal Record Verification not be required, a name-based verification may be conducted. Individuals with a criminal record must declare their criminal record information, which a police service will confirm if the information matches a criminal record contained within the National Repository (If a match is confirmed, a police service also has the option of providing individuals with a copy of their criminal convictions record in accordance with this policy). If a police service cannot match an individual’s declaration to a criminal record contained within the National Repository, fingerprints are required.
- Vulnerable Sector Verification: This process verifies whether an individual has a criminal record, including the existence of any pardoned sex offences, and provides any relevant details contained within the National Criminal Records Repository. Individuals applying to work in paid or volunteer positions where they will be in contact with children or other vulnerable persons may be required to undergo a Vulnerable Sector Verification.
- A certified Vulnerable Sector Verification requires fingerprints.
- Should a certified Vulnerable Sector Verification not be required, a name-based verification may be conducted. If the verification is inconclusive as to the existence of a pardoned sex offence, or an individual’s declared criminal record does not match a criminal record contained within the National Repository, fingerprints are required.
- A Vulnerable Sector Verification also includes a query of CPIC investigative and intelligence records, and of local police records.
A pardon allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence, but have completed their sentence and demonstrated they are law-abiding citizens, to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records. Under the Criminal Records Act (CRA), the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) may issue, grant, deny, or revoke pardons for convictions under federal acts or regulations of Canada. Note: The Parole Board of Canada was previously known as the National Parole Board and the change has not been updated on all sites.
Applicants who may have a criminal record in their past and who are applying to College programs that have requirements for a Criminal Records Check or for travel outside of Canada, should consider obtaining a pardon prior to applying. Be advised that processing a pardon may take from 12 - 18 months. If you have already started the pardon process, you may wish to consult with the contact person for the program noted on the website, to determine how this will affect the processing of your application.
For more information visit the Parole Board of Canada website at: http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/index-eng.shtml
Fact Sheet – Pardons http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/infocntr/factsh/pardon-eng.shtml
Visit the RCMP website page -- “Pardon And Purge Services” at:
Pardons may be requested from:
Clemency and Investigations Division
National Parole Board
410 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R1
Fax. (613) 941-4981
No, a pardon does not erase a criminal record. Under the Criminal Records Act, all records of cases in which a pardon has been granted must be stored separately from other records. As a result, the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) and the RCMP have developed procedures to deal with both hard copy criminal record files and criminal record information on the CPIC system.
The RCMP website also provides the following information regarding pardons and international travel:
- Through international agreements, the RCMP shares criminal records information with foreign authorities who may register this information in their databank.
- If you have been convicted of an offence, you may subsequently be refused entry into another country, even if you have since been granted a pardon in Canada.
- Many foreign countries, including the U.S., do not recognize a Canadian pardon unless you produce a copy for their evaluation.
For more information and information on how to obtain a copy of your pardoned criminal record go to: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/pp-er-eng.htm⇑ Return to top
Once a pardon has been granted, with the exception of a Vulnerable Sector Verification, police officers will be provided with no evidence that a criminal record existed. A Vulnerable Sector Verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or a sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon. Pardoned records are purged from the part of CPIC that is accessible by police and moved to a part that is accessible by certain people only. See note above re foreign countries.⇑ Return to top
While a discharge is not considered a conviction, a record of an absolute or conditional discharge is kept by CPIC and by the charging police agency. Absolute or conditional discharges handed down by the court on or after July 24, 1992 will automatically be removed from the CPIC computer system one year (absolute discharge) or three years (conditional discharge) after the court decision. For discharges given before July 24, 1992, to be removed from the record, a person must contact the RCMP. For more details refer to the booklet “Understanding Criminal Records” by the John Howard Society of Alberta 2000 (http://www.johnhoward.ab.ca/pub/A5.htm )⇑ Return to top
Due to the nature of the occupational field that students are being prepared for, some programs at Holland College will require students to provide proof that they provide a report confirming whether or not they have a criminal record.
Society today demands that individuals who volunteer or work with vulnerable members of society, such as children, youth and the elderly, are screened. A Vulnerable Sector Verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon. The College’s Child & Youth Care Worker, Human Services, Early Childhood Care and Education, Practical Nursing, Resident Care Worker and Paramedicine programs all involve students working with clients that are considered to be vulnerable. Instructors in these programs will examine the Police Records Check submitted by the student prior to any student participating in a placement at the privately owned and operated Child Development Centre located at Holland College Charlottetown Centre and prior to any involvement with children, youth or the elderly in the community.
Some employers may require a police/criminal records check, security clearance and/or personal interview before students are placed in a practicum, co-operative placement or work experience. Programs requiring Criminal Records Checks will clearly identify the requirement on the program's official Web page (under Admission Requirements), in official publications and promotional materials, and during the admissions process.
While the College will provide (after the student signs a consent form authorizing the release) the results of a Criminal Records Check submitted by a student to an individual, company or organization that the student is seeking clinical or practicum placement with, the College does not provide any guarantee, or accept any liability, as to the currency, accuracy, relevance or acceptability of the information. The determination of the relevance of a student’s criminal record to the occupation will be left to the individual, company, or organization that the student is seeking clinical or practicum placement with.⇑ Return to top
This term is used to denote individuals who have difficulty protecting themselves and are therefore at greater risk of harm. People may be vulnerable because of age, disability or handicap, or circumstances. Vulnerability may be a temporary or a permanent condition.
This is purposely a broad definition, one that can include children, youth, senior citizens, people with physical, developmental, social, emotional, or other disabilities, as well as people who are victims of crime or harm. Vulnerable person will also include people who have been victims of a crime or accident, or are otherwise left with little defense against those who would harm them.
The Criminal Records Act (CRA) lists certain sexual offences. If a person was pardoned for such offences, his/her record will be kept separate and apart, but his/her name will be flagged in the CPIC computer system. The RCMP recently made changes to enhance the rigor of Vulnerable Sector Verifications (VSV) and fingerprints are now required to complete this verification. This verification could take up to 120 days to complete. (for more information visit the RCMP website; copies of both consent forms are also available at the site: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/vulner/index-eng.htm). There is also a VSV FAQ provided on the RCMP website: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/vulner/faq-eng.htm.
A Vulnerable Sector Verification may only be conducted for a paid or volunteer position of authority or trust relative to children or other vulnerable persons. Prior to conducting a Vulnerable Sector Verification, a police service or authorized body must verify that the position is relative to the vulnerable sector. In accordance with the Criminal Records Act , applicants for paid or volunteer work with "vulnerable persons " must commence the process for obtaining a criminal records verification at a local police service and not at a privately operating fingerprinting firm.⇑ Return to top
The National Sex Offender Registry, a national sex offender database maintained by the RCMP, was proclaimed as law and came into force on December 15, 2004. While the public does not have access to the National Sex Offender Registry, it is a database that provides Canadian police services with important information that will improve their ability to investigate crimes of a sexual nature. It is however a separate database from CPIC and other police databases. For more information visit the National Sex Offender Registry website http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/cor/tls/soir-eng.aspx
This depends on the program you are applying to and several factors.
The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act states that an individual, company, or organization cannot dismiss or refuse to employ an individual because he or she has been convicted of a criminal or summary conviction offence that is unrelated to the position the individual is employed in or is seeking.
While the act is very specific in that in only applies to employment, it would be irresponsible of Holland College to accept you into a program where the occupational field would not permit you to work or where there were limitations as to where you could work, without first ensuring you have been adequately informed.
Another factor that the College has to consider is the on-the-job training, clinical, practicum, and community volunteering requirements of some programs. The College’s health and community service programs include clinical and/or practicum placements and community volunteer work with children and/or youth with both private and public institutions, organizations and agencies. Many public and privately operated agencies and institutions require that employees and/or students to submit to a criminal record check. Depending on the nature of the criminal record, and its relationship to the program, a student may find it difficult or even impossible to be accepted in a clinical, practicum, or OJT placement, which will result in a failure to complete a required component of the program and a non-graduating status. Criminal Records Checks and Vulnerable Sector Verifications are one way the health and community service sector can protect clients, especially those who may be vulnerable. Students may not refuse a clinical, practicum or OJT placement on the grounds that a criminal record check is required.⇑ Return to top
The programs offered by the Atlantic Police Academy require the applicant to have no criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted. Applicants to the Correctional Officer, Law & Security and Conservation Enforcement programs are required to submit, prior to acceptance, a Police Records Check with no findings of guilt (CPIC). The Atlantic Police Academy also conducts a background check, which includes a thorough Police Records Check on each applicant during the selection process. Students at the Academy will also be subjected to several Police Records Checks during the program.
Depending on the program and the nature of the record applicants, who do not meet the requirements of a Police Records Check, may have their application rejected or they may be asked to contact a program instructor or Program Manager.⇑ Return to top
I don’t have a criminal record, yet the form completed by the police indicates that I may or may not have a criminal record. What should I do?
You will only receive a standard response identifying that a possible match to an RCMP criminal record exists when, based on the query, the RCMP identified a possible match to a registered RCMP criminal record that matches the name(s), date of birth, and criminal record information you provided. When this happens you need to submit your fingerprints so they can verify your identity. This will result in a Certified Criminal Record Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification Product.
Refer to the Criminal Records Factsheet on the Canadian Police Information Centre website for more information: (http://www.cpic-cipc.ca/English/crfactsheet.cfm)
Only original documents will be accepted.
The contents of criminal record checks are confidential. The documentation will be kept with the application and reviewed by College staff involved in the application review process. If the student is admitted to the program, a copy will be retained (see note1 below) in the official student record and the originals will be forwarded to the program instructor(s). All College staff are governed by policies and procedures that are in place to ensure all personal and private information gathered is controlled and protected.
note1 Some clinical, practicum and OJT sites may require that they see original documents. When this occurs a copy of the originals will be made for the official student file and the originals provide to the student for this purpose.⇑ Return to top
Not all College programs have the requirement for a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to acceptance. For those program that do, in the event that an applicant has a criminal record, the Program Instructor, Program Manager, Senior Admission Officer, and/or Registrar shall determine if the Record Verification Report provided is acceptable. A record that indicates who made the decision to accept or not accept the applicant with respect to the CRC or VSV, will be added to each student file. The record will be signed and dated by the individual(s) who made the decision. When the CRC or VSV is deemed unacceptable, the reasons for the decision will also be recorded on the record and provided to the applicant. When possible, recommendations for changing the non-acceptance status, such as obtaining a pardon, will also be provided to the applicant. Potential applicants who have a criminal record are encouraged to contact the Program Instructor to discuss their status prior to submitting their application.
Applicants and students are required to report changes and/or offences that occur after submission of a CRC or VSV. Students will be required to sign a form at the start of their program agreeing to this requirement. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.⇑ Return to top
After the CRC or VSV has been completed, applicants and students are required to report any changes to their police records and/or any offences for which no conviction has yet occurred to the Registrar or the program staff. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
The action taken upon receiving new information regarding your CRC or VSV will depend on the program and the nature of the offence. A criminal conviction of any kind would mean immediate dismissal from any of the programs offered at the Atlantic Police Academy. A criminal conviction in one of the health and community service programs would have to be assessed by the program staff to determine what if any effect it might have on your ability to successfully complete the program.⇑ Return to top
Will the CRC or VSV that I submit with my application be sufficient for the duration of the program?
As noted above, you are required to inform the College of any changes that may affect the status of your current submission. Generally this will be sufficient for the duration of your program. However, the College cannot guarantee that a clinical, practicum or OJT site will not require a more current check. Should this occur, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a new check as specified by the site.⇑ Return to top
Do I have to submit my fingerprints in order to obtain a Criminal Records Check or Vulnerable Sector Verification?
As noted in a previous section, finger prints are required to confirm your identity should a Records Check produces a name and date of birth similar to yours. To obtain a Certified Criminal Record Check or a Certified Vulnerable Sector Verification fingerprints are required.⇑ Return to top
A criminal record generally does not impact the ability to travel within Canada (the courts may impose specific travel conditions on a case by case basis); however, if a person wishes to travel outside of Canada, there are a number of considerations.
Every country has its own rules and practice about visitors with criminal records. It is recommended that people with criminal records who want to visit a foreign country contact that country's consulate or embassy to obtain information on each country's practice.
Some countries, like the United States, may require a person to get a travel waiver. Travel waivers are documents that allow persons with criminal records to travel to the United States. Waivers can be obtained at the Department of U.S. Immigration located in some International Airports or at any border crossing. The processing cost is $545 U.S. (cost at the time this document was prepared). The waiver is good for five years. If there are questions about travel waivers, the U.S. Immigration Department can be contacted. It takes six to nine months to process a waiver. Further information and assistance may be accessed by contacting Pardons Canada: http://www.pardons.org/index.html
Since the United States and some other foreign countries have access to the CPIC system, customs officials use the CPIC system to determine whether individuals have criminal records. If a person has a criminal record and/or travel waiver, U.S. Customs will enter the person's criminal record information into their own system - where it will stay indefinitely. If a person tries to enter the U.S. in the future, regardless of whether he or she has received a pardon, Customs officials will have the criminal record documented in their system.
Canadian pardons do not have legal force outside of Canada. The United States is not compelled to destroy their copy of the record when a Canadian pardons is granted. This means that if U.S. customs have previously entered a person's name into their own system, they would have that person's criminal record even though the record would no longer appear on CPIC. In such cases, individuals with a pardon may also wish to consider applying for a travel waiver.
Note: Information from CPIC is retained indefinitely in the U.S. computer system if customs is alerted to the existence of a record for any person attempting to cross the border. If a person has a record and has entered the U.S. in the past without their record being checked, a pardon will be helpful because it will remove the record from CPIC. Since that person's name no longer appears on CPIC, that individual no longer has a criminal record. If Customs asks whether the individual has a criminal record, the individual can say "no." This also applies if a person has received a pardon and has never entered the U.S. The best advice in any situation is to be as honest as possible and remember that U.S. Customs can deny or allow a person to enter the U.S. at their discretion. Travellers should also assume that any criminal record information provided to Customs officials will be entered on their police information system for future reference.
Source: Understanding Criminal Records, John Howard Society of Alberta, 2000.⇑ Return to top
John Howard Society of Alberta 2000 booklet title: “Understanding Criminal Records” http://www.johnhoward.ab.ca/PUB/A5.htm
RCMP Website at: RCMP Criminal Record Check (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fing-empr2-eng.htm)
Consent forms for Disclosure Of Criminal Record Information can be accessed from http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/form/index-eng.htm
L-1 Identify Solutions located at 119 Kent St., Charlottetown. http://www.policecheck.com/PEI.html
Commissionaires New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (NB & PEI) located on North River Road, Charlottetown
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