The Representative’s Role and Jurisdiction
 
The Representative’s role and jurisdiction are defined in the Representative for Children and Youth Act and the Representative for Children and Youth Regulations and focus on advocacy, monitoring and investigation. 
 
The Representative can:
  • Advocate on behalf of children and youth to improve their understanding of and access to designated services
  • Monitor, review, audit and publicly report on designated services for children and youth
  • Conduct independent reviews and investigations into the critical injuries or deaths of children receiving reviewable services  
The authority of the Representative is defined by reviewable services and designated services in the Act. 
 
 
Reviewable Services
Reviewable services are services or programs under the Child, Family and Community Service Act, the Adoption Act and the Youth Justice Act and include mental health and addictions services for children and youth.
 
The Representative’s authority to initiate a review or investigation is limited to reviewable services.
 
Designated Services
Designated services are government funded services or programs for children and their families including but not limited to:
  • family support
  • child protection
  • foster care
  • adoption
  • guardianship
  • children and youth with disabilities
  • early childhood development and child care services
  • mental health and addiction services for children
  • youth justice
  • services for youth and young adults during their transition to adulthood
  • CLBC services for young adults between their 19th and 24th birthdays
Investigation
The Representative can review a child’s critical injury or death if the child or child’s family was receiving a reviewable service at the time of, or in the year prior to, the critical injury or death. At the end of a review, the Representative can issue a report indicating improvements to a reviewable service, or informing the public about broader policy initiatives.
 
An investigation may be initiated by the Representative if it is determined that the policies or practices of a public body or a director may have contributed to the child’s critical injury or death, and the critical injury or death:
  • Was due to abuse or neglect
  • Occurred in unusual or suspicious circumstances, or
  • Was self-inflicted or inflicted by another person

For more information on the Representative’s jurisdiction and relevant definitions, please see the Representative for Children and Youth Act.