Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA)

Fair Notice Communication Regarding Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol

To Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers of clients of Pathways Health Centre for Children:

Pathways Health Centre for Children is committed to ensuring a safe community. In extreme cases when a child’s behavior poses a potential threat to their own or others’ well-being, the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol (VTRA) agencies will take further steps to safeguard everyone.

The VTRA protocol outlines how Pathways Health Centre for Children along with other community partners will respond immediately to threatening incidents including but not limited to: possession of a weapon or replica weapon, bomb threat or plan, verbal or written (including electronic) threats to harm oneself or others, other threats of violence, and fire setting.

The initial response team is likely to include school personnel and the police but should conditions warrant, a Community Threat Assessment Team will be convened. This community team may include Pathways Health Centre for Children, as well as representatives of schools and community agencies who work with us to keep our schools and community safe.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child will be discussed through the Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol. If parents/guardians cannot be reached, or if they choose not to provide consent, but a concern for safety still exists due to threatening behavior, the threat assessment may still proceed. Personal information shared throughout this process will respect and balance each individual’s right to privacy with the need to ensure the safety of all.

As always, a child’s safety is our first priority. This information is shared in our Pathways Resource Guide, as well as posted with additional information on our website If you have any questions regarding the Community Violence Risk Threat Assessment Protocol, please speak with a Pathways Health Centre for Children Representative.

Last updated Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:31