The Representative for Children and Youth supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child-serving system.
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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is B.C.’s first Representative for Children and Youth. She was appointed in 2006, and was re-appointed for a second five-year term in 2011.
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If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the dispute resolution process, you have the option of taking your complaint to the Office of the Ombudsperson. Contact us for more information and assistance in using this process.
Advocacy is helping someone have their voice heard and making sure their rights are respected.
Any information gathered about you is confidential. While most of the Rep’s advocacy services are done over the phone, advocates can also come and meet you in person.
You can have a family member, friend, support worker or someone else you trust with you when you call the Rep. Otherwise, you can have that person call the Rep for you. For the fastest result, it is best to either call by yourself or have someone with you when you call. That way you will be connected with an advocate within one business day. Callers requesting advocacy services for you will be responded to within three business days.