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 Representative’s authority to initiate a review or investigation is limited to reviewable 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
- 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
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.