Youth Records: What You Need to Know About Access Restrictions and Privacy Challenges
Author(s): Ontario Bar Association
Publication Date: February 2017
Format: shipped (hardcopy), download (PDF)

Youth records can contain particularly sensitive and personal information about a young person. Who can access the records of young people? How do their privacy rights impact any such access? From education to youth criminal justice, and child welfare to mental and other health records, join our expert faculty to explore:
  • What restrictions are there on access to youth records and why?
  • How, if at all, does the reasonable expectation of privacy of young people differ to that of adults?
  • When are parents, guardians and other authority figures permitted access to youth records?


Mary Birdsell, Justice for Children and Youth
Emma Rhodes, Barrister & Solicitor


D.N. v. Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, 2005 CanLII 25891 (ON SC)
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (Re), 2016 CanLII 37586 (ON IPC)

Sarah Clarke, Clarke Child & Family Law

Understanding Youth Mental Health Records
Patric Senson, Phillips Gill LLP

Child and Youth Records in the Child Protection Context:
Key Provisions, Cases and Considerations

Caterina Tempesta, Counsel, Office of the Children's Lawyer

Understanding Youth Criminal Justice Records - JFCY Factums and Court Decisions
Boyer v. Huang et al. (Ont Ct J) - Factum of the Respondent W.K. (September 28, 2016)

Jane Stewart, Staff Lawyer, Justice for Children and Youth
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