Warning signs that a youth may break the law are called risk factors. A young person is more likely to commit a crime when risk factors are not addressed. That is why it is important to recognize them as soon as possible.
The most common risk factors include:
Some risk factors, such as living in poverty, health and mental health concerns, can have an impact on youth violence. You can read more in the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report.
Ontario provides programs to help youth stay out of trouble. Support is available in schools and in the community.
You can talk to your family doctor or call the 211 information centre to find the right services in your community.
KidsHelpPhone is also a good starting point. Youth can call 1-800-668-6868 to speak to a counsellor. It is free and anonymous.
Poor mental health can place youth at risk to get in trouble with the law. Learn more about it and how to get support at:
Ontario provides programs and support to help youth: