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Referral Process

‘Positive Strides’ Programs and Restorative Justice Community Conferences

Referrals can be made (with consent) by:

  • Family Members | Guardians | Self
  • Board of Education (teachers and/or administrators)
  • Social Services
  • ANY Local Community Agency
  • Private Counselor or Clinician
  • Crown Attorney or Judge
  • Defense Counsel
  • Police Services
  • Youth Justice Services (Probation)

Please complete our one page referral form found here:(RJCK Referral Form). If you are having issues downloading the file, you can email to receive a copy. Alternatively, you can call the RJCK office at 519-380-0931 and have a referral form completed over the phone, with assistance from staff.

Once filled out, please send the completed referral form back to RJCK – fax it to 519-380-9146 or send by email to a staff team member directly, OR

Release of Information

In order for RJCK staff to ensure the programming process runs smoothly, we often require a ‘Release of Information’ to be signed by Parents/Guardians. This ensures that we can work cooperatively with local community partners, including the youth’s school. If you do not have a hard copy and require one to complete the referral process, you can find the Release of Information document here: (Release of Information Document). Alternatively, you can email a staff team member directly, or to receive a copy.

Extrajudicial Measures (EJM)

Referrals for this pre-charge diversion program are made through Chatham-Kent Police Service, through the Youth Officer. Please connect with Youth Officer Cst. Kyle Wright at should you have any questions about this process.

Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS)

Referrals for this post-charge diversion are made by the Crown Attorney.

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