Violence Threat Risk Assessment - Overview.pdf
CTAP Fair Notice Letter to Parents and Guardians.pdf
CTAP Fair Notice Brochure.pdf
Violence Threat Risk Assessment
The safety of students and staff is an ongoing priority at the Lambton Kent
District School Board. The Board’s Belief Statements and policies underscore the
importance of providing learning environments that are safe and caring, and that
everyone has the right to be safe and feel safe in their school community. There
are many initiatives in place to support our schools as safe places for students
to learn. One important aspect of this overall effort is the training of all
Board administrators and other staff in Violence Threat Risk Assessment
The Lambton Kent District School Board was one of the first Boards in the
province to implement the coordinated training of multi-disciplinary Violence
Threat Risk Assessment Teams (school principals, police, psychology department
staff, and others). These teams work to assess potentially high risk student
behaviour and evaluate the level of risk to others and the student exhibiting
the behaviour. This training and response plan was developed by Kevin Cameron,
Director of the Canadian Centre for Threat and
What is the purpose of Violence Threat Risk Assessment?
- To help ensure the safety of students, staff and parents.
- To gather information related to situations or behaviour of concern, and to
assess that information to determine a course of action
- To develop an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical
safety of the threat maker and others.
What behaviours initiate a Violence Threat Risk Assessment?
Any behaviour that places self or others at risk of harm, including but not
limited to the following:
- Serious violence with the intent to kill or harm
- Verbal/written threats to kill others (clear, direct and plausible)
- Possession of weapons, including replicas
- Sexual intimidation or assault
- Bomb threats (making and/or detonating explosive devices)
- Fire setting
A Violence Threat Risk Assessment may also be initiated because of the
context of a particular situation, or student behaviour that has become
worrisome, or has seen to be escalating over time.
What is a Threat Assessment Team?
In the event that a threat assessment is necessary, the school principal,
local police, and a member of the board’s psychology department would meet as
the initial step. Additional steps would involve other board personnel, as well
as representatives from community agencies as appropriate.
Duty to Report
In order to keep our school communities safe, the Lambton Kent District
School Board expects anyone in a school community having knowledge of high-risk
student behaviour or having reasonable grounds to believe there is a potential
for high-risk or violent behaviour to promptly report the information to the
For further information
Contact your school principal.
Report to Trustees - Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol.pdf
From the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma
Parent Tip Guide.pdf
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
NCTSN Parent Tip Guide.pdf