The Co-Chairs of the Police Record Check Coalition gave a presentation at the recent Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee 2013 Conference, “The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services & Justice”. The PRCC presentation, entitled “Addictions, Mental Health and Police Records: An examination of the impact of non-conviction records, issues and solutions”, was attended by over 160 professionals from the justice and mental health sectors. Through this 90-minute workshop, the PRCC provided an overview of the issues surrounding non-conviction records and explored the impact of non-conviction records on individuals with mental health, addictions and other human service needs. The presentation also included a review of relevant legislation and policy informing the disclosure of this information, employer best practices around requesting background checks, and a “common sense” and evidence-led approach to hiring.
The PRCC welcomes future opportunities to present on issues and solutions to the issues flowing from the retention and disclosure of non-conviction information. Please get in touch.
In addition, two of the PRCC co-chairs, Abby Deshman of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Jacqueline Tasca of the John Howard Society of Ontario, are engaging in a provincial public education tour funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario on the above topics relating to non-conviction records and other issues, commencing in 2014. Please email Abby (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Jacqueline (email@example.com ) if you or your organization would be interested in hosting or attending one of these presentations.