South­west Part­ners Re­new Com­mu­nity Vi­o­lence Threat As­sess­ment and Sup­port Pro­to­col

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The North Amer­i­can Cen­ter for Threat As­sess­ment & Trauma Re­sponse (NACTATR) re­cently re­leased their 10th Edi­tion of a spe­cial­ized Vi­o­lence Threat Risk As­sess­ment (VTRA) Pro­to­col. This cur­rent in­for­ma­tion sup­ported the draft­ing of the third re­vi­sion of our Com­mu­nity Vi­o­lence Threat As­sess­ment and Sup­port Pro­to­col: A Col­lab­o­ra­tive Re­sponse to As­sess­ing Vi­o­lence Po­ten­tial South­west Saskatchew­an Re­gion.

The Chi­nook School Divi­sion, Holy Trin­ity Catholic School Divi­sion and Great Plains Col­lege, along with their Com­mu­nity Pro­to­col Part­ners, have re­de­clared their con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to em­brac­ing and en­hanc­ing a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach to re­spond to po­ten­tial threats in our schools and com­mu­ni­ties.

The re­newal of this pro­to­col re­flects cur­rent sci­en­tific re­search from ex­perts, in­clud­ing med­i­cal and men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als, law en­force­ment and spe­cial­ists in the field of threat man­age­ment.

The sig­na­to­ries in­clude the fol­low­ing Com­mu­nity Pro­to­col Part­ners:

• Saskatchew­an Health Au­thor­ity – Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices

• RCMP

• Min­istry of So­cial Ser­vices

• Min­istry of Jus­tice

This pro­to­col fos­ters timely shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion about per­sons of con­cern who pose a risk for vi­o­lence to­wards them­selves or oth­ers. The pro­to­col pro­motes sup­port­ive and pre­ven­tive plans be­ing put in place.

“These Pro­to­cols pro­mote a com­mon lan­guage and un­der­stand­ing of the VTRA model, makes use of a broad range of ex­per­tise, and so­lid­i­fies the im­por­tance of the mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach that has proved to be so ben­e­fi­cial. Pro­to­cols foster timely col­lab­o­ra­tion and shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion about chil­dren/youth who pose a risk for vi­o­lence to­wards them­selves or oth­ers while re­spect­ing an in­di­vid­ual’s right to pri­vacy to the fullest ex­tent pos­si­ble. These pro­to­cols also pro­mote sup­port­ive in­ter­ven­tions and pre­ven­ta­tive plans be­ing put into place.” – North Amer­i­can Cen­ter for Threat As­sess­ment & Trauma Re­sponse

Vi­o­lence preven­tion in our schools and neigh­bour­hoods is a shared com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity. All com­mu­nity part­ners work to­gether to pro­mote and main­tain safety and to strive to pre­vent vi­o­lence.

Com­mu­nity Vi­o­lence Threat As­sess­ment and Sup­port Pro­to­col

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