Celebrating 25 Years - Challenging the Status Quo!


In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the declaration of a state of emergency in Ontario we have had to make a very difficult decision to postpone the Continuum Conference that was scheduled to occur on May 4 and 5, 2020. We want to ensure that the safety of all participants and the community is our top priority. We are adhering with the recommendations that have been outlined by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Government, that all gatherings over 50 people be cancelled in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have already purchased your conference tickets, we would like to provide you with the following options:

  1. The committee will hold your spot for you to attend the rescheduled conference ;
  2. Should you not be able to attend the rescheduled conference, we will issue a full refund.

Conference registrants will be contacted separately to receive detailed information with regards to how you or your agency would like to proceed moving forward and as to how refunds will be issued.

We are asking that participants who have booked flights/transportation and/or hotels, to please cancel their reservations.

At this time, we do not have an estimated date for rescheduling given that we need to see how everything unfolds. We will continue to communicate any updates via email or through this web page.

Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding and please stay safe.

Sincerely – The Continuum Conference Committee

MAY 4 – 5, 2020

May 4 and 5, 2020!

Founded in 1995, the Continuum of Services for Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended (The Continuum) grew out of a small group of clinicians in Toronto who met to discuss and coordinate their work with youth who sexually offend. This group shared a commitment to providing effective treatment to these youth in order to reduce sexual offence recidivism, and thereby reduce further victimization. With the move to a more formal network came the inclusion of a much wider range of professional groups and service providers, including probation, residential and day treatment programs, children’s mental health centres, child welfare agencies, the police, the judiciary, lawyers and Crown Attorneys. As the name suggests, the intention was to support and coordinate the work of this “continuum” of services and people who become involved with these youth, from the first point of contact to their transitioning from treatment.

How It Started

For several years, beginning in the late 1990’s, The Continuum’s Steering Committee created a Legal Issue Sub-Committee to identify legislative and procedural barriers in the youth justice, child welfare and treatment systems. Finally, The Continuum has, throughout its existence, been a persistent conduit for advocacy for the treatment needs of this population and the resource needs of those who share our commitment to reducing sexual violence. Still true to its origins, The Continuum continues to be a coalition of agencies and individuals committed to reducing sexual violence and protecting the community. We still receive no outside funding, so we depend on our participants to carry out and support the work of the Continuum. Our strength and dynamism comes from the individuals and organizations that make up The Continuum.

Going Forward

Since 1995, The Continuum has endeavoured to provide leadership in this field. Our annual conference has provided up-to-date training on a variety of topics related to the assessment and treatment of youth who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviour, and other clinically relevant topics. In anticipation of the 25th Anniversary in 2020, there is a recognition that words matter. The words we use can influence people’s perceptions, attitudes, and actions.  As professionals working to address misperceptions about sexual abuse, we recognize the importance of accurately communicating about individuals who have abused, in the hope that they will have opportunities to live safe, fulfilling and offence-free lives. As such, The Continuum will undergo another name change to:  “The Continuum Of Services For Adolescents Who Have Engaged In Sexually Abusive Behaviour”.