Advocacy
 
The Representative for Children and Youth provides advocacy services to ensure that the voice and views of young people are heard and that their rights and interests are upheld in decisions that are being made about them. 

When you contact the Representative, a Child and Youth Advocate will do one or more of the following things:
  • Support self-advocacy by providing information about rights, policies, relevant government services and available complaints processes
  • Provide advice and coaching on effective self-advocacy
  • Send out relevant written materials
  • Connect individuals with natural or community advocates for ongoing support
  • Assist in finding a local advocate or support person
  • In some situations, directly advocate on behalf of a child or youth to ensure that their views and interests are heard and considered in decision-making.

To view a map of the communities visited by the RCY from April 1 2009 to March 31, 2010 , click here.

To learn more about Advocacy Case example, click here.