YSB’s Youth Justice programs provide young men the knowledge, training and counselling they need to make positive life choices.  Our residential programs at the William E. Hay Centre and the Sherwood Youth Centre help youth in conflict with the law complete high school credits and receive valuable life skills training.  The Youth Services Bureau focuses on helping youth make a positive transition back into the community.

William E. Hay Centre

3000 Hawthorne Road

Program Overview

The William E. Hay Centre is a 24-bed residential facility serving male youth (aged 12 to 17) in secure detention (pre-trial) and secure custody (post-trial).

Sherwood Youth Centre

3000 Hawthorne Road

Program Overview

The Sherwood Youth Centre is an 7‑bed facility serving male youth (aged 12 to 17) in open detention (pre-trial) and open custody (post trial).

Both the William E. Hay and Sherwood Centres provide a series of educational options and life skills training that give youth the knowledge and practical skills they need in everyday life.  Together with several community partners, we offer innovative programs and counselling to promote positive behavioural change.

Students will have the opportunity to work under the immediate supervision of a front-line Youth Worker and provide direct clinical services including: crisis intervention and on-going case planning involving client, family and relevant collaterals; maintaining current client files and completing required admission forms, plans of care, daily logs and summary reports; developing and delivering life skills modules to client groups; and advocating for clients and facilitating access to community resources and services.

Recommended programs:

  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Recreation and Leisure Services*
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale

*Rec & Leisure students will have different learning opportunities then those listed above, including supporting or leading therapeutic recreation, leisure and wellness programs, as well as promoting the benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.


Community Justice Multidisciplinary Team

3000 Hawthorne Road

Program Overview

The Community Justice Multidisciplinary Team is comprised of the Youth Mental Health Court Worker, the Anger Management Program, the Transitional Youth Justice Worker, as well as the Reintegration Program.  Students completing their placements with the Community Justice Multidisciplinary Team will either be working with the Youth Mental Health Court Worker or the Transitional Youth Justice Worker.  The Youth Mental Health Court program redirects youth with mental health issues who are in conflict with the law towards programs and services that they, along with their families, need.  The Transitional Youth Justice program provides support for youth transitioning from custody or detention back into their community.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct complete assessments, facilitate referrals, prepare written recommendations for service plan, facilitate client meetings, advocate for clients, maintain both electronic and physical files, maintain updated information on community resources/services, recommend post program services, facilitate access to community resources and services as well as maintain ongoing contact with all professionals involved (lawyers, courts, probation, police services), as well as facilitating life skill development.

Recommended programs:

  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Social Services Worker
  • Child and Youth Care Worker
  • Community and Justice Services
  • Techniques de réadaptation et de justice pénale
  • Techniques d’éducation spécialisée
  • Techniques de travail social

Special Requirements for All Youth Justice Placements:

Student placements may run in the fall or winter semester, or both, as required by the school program.  Placements do not typically run in the summer semester.

Please note that our student placements are unpaid and many of our opportunities will require the ability to work a rotational schedule.  Shifts may occur in the evenings and on

weekends and may vary week to week.  Due to the 24/7 nature of the facilities, students may be required to work 12 hour shifts.

Students should be comfortable working in a high-risk environment.

Bilingualism is considered an asset for Youth Justice programs.  Please specify your language abilities on your application.


How to Apply:

Please apply directly to the student placement opportunity of your choice at

For any questions, please contact:

Sarah Firlotte, Human Resources Administrator

2675 Queensview Dr.

Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2

613-729-0577 extension 1230

Cover letters should include the following:

  • School name, program name and name of placement facilitator
  • 1st and 2nd choices for placement
    • Students who do not specify two areas of interest or who state that they are interested in “any” placement opportunity will not be considered in the 1st round.
  • Date range of placement
  • Total hours and number of days/week of placement
  • Language abilities
    • Please clearly state your proficiency in English and French (and other languages if applicable)
  • Why you are interested in working with YSB and why we should choose you


Application deadline for Fall Placement: 2nd Friday in April

Application deadline for Winter Placement: 2nd Friday in October

For more information, or to find out which unit would be of interest to you, visit:

Youth Justice Services

Screening Requirements:

Standard screening requirements for student placements include:

  • TB testing
  • Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector
  • Two professional references

Check out our list of current student placement opportunities

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