What is a Child and Youth Advocate?

According to the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, a child and youth advocate shall:

  1. Advise on matters relating to the welfare and interests of children;
  2. Receive and review complaints or concerns that come to the attention of the Child and Youth Advocate respecting children who receive services under this Act or the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution Act;
  3. Represent the rights interests and viewpoints of children who receive services under this Act;
  4. Facilitate the involvement of family or community members in assisting in advocating for a child who is receiving services under this Act or the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution Act;
  5. Perform additional duties and functions that are conferred on the Child and Youth Advocate by the regulations or that are from time to time assigned to the Chid and Youth Advocate by the Minister;
  6. Submit quarterly reports on activities and observations;
  7. Communicate and visit a child who is receiving services under this Act or the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution or a guardian or other person who represents the child;
  8. Provide information relating to, speak on behalf of and otherwise represent a child who is receiving services under this Act or the Protection Children Involved in when major decision relating to the child are being made under this Act.

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