Family Justice Services Western
Final Evaluation



  • [1] The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Report on Custody and Access and Child Support: Putting Children First, 2002.

  • [2] Federal-Territorial Family Law Committee, "Inventory of Government-Based Services that Support the Making and Enforcement of Custody and Access Decisions," Department of Justice Canada, 2000. This document contains a national overview of services, as well as individual provincial descriptions. For this project, the consultants reviewed the national findings, as well as those for the other Atlantic Provinces, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

  • [3] IHRD, Department of Justice, Newfoundland and Labrador, Provincial Consultation on Custody and Access, IHRD, 2001.

  • [4] Ross, A. and M. Grant, Evaluation of Unified Family Court, Department of Justice Canada and Department of Justice, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, August 1982.

  • [5] The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador enacted the Western Child Support Services Regulations, Newfoundland and Labrador Regulations 9/02 on February 8, 2002 under paragraph 85(a)(iii) and (b) of the Family Law Act, R.S.N. 1990, chapter F-2 as amended.

  • [6] Bertrand, L., Paetsch, B. and N. Bala A Profile of Legal Aid Services in Family Law Cases in Canada, Department of Justice Canada, June 2002 (Draft).

  • [7] These documents include a policy manual, project description, statement of vision, mission and mandate.

  • [8] IHRD, Evaluation of the Support Application Social Worker Program for the Department of Justice, Newfoundland and Labrador, 1999.

  • [9] Family Mediation Canada, in its Practice, Certification and Training Standards publication, July 2002, indicates that mediators generally require a prerequisite university degree, supplemented by at least: 80 hours of basic conflict resolution training ; another 100 hours of training (35 hours in the dynamics of family breakdown, 14 hours related to the specifics of family and child law, 21 hours of training on abuse and control issues, 7 hours on financial issues, 7 hours on ethical issues and 3 hours on drafting memoranda of understandings); completion of an approved practicum; and, 20 hours of continual mediation each year. The FMC guidelines clearly state that provinces or territories are free to establish their own guidelines.

  • [10] Family Mediation Canada's Practice, Certification and Training Standards states this training needs to include instruction on power imbalances, the dynamics and effects of abuse on family members, indicators of danger in abuse cases, child protection matters related to family abuse and violence, safety issues, use of tools to detect and assess family abuse before and during mediation, use and application of screening tools, referral techniques and information about sources of help for abused family members.

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