The Child and Youth Advocate advocates for children and youth receiving government services (child intervention and youth justice services) and investigates the serious injury or death of children.
To fulfill the Child and Youth Advocate’s mandate, the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate works to advance the rights, interests and viewpoints of young people who are receiving a designated service.
The work of the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is centered around Direct Advocacy Services (Intake Services, Individual Advocacy Services, Systemic Advocacy, Engagement and Education), Investigations and Legal Representation for Children and Youth
and Strategic Support Services.
As an influential and highly credible leader with a commitment to quality care and services, the Child and Youth Advocate works with service providers, diverse stakeholders and community groups to identify and resolve issues. Serving in this senior advisory
capacity, the Child and Youth Advocate champions advocacy perspectives and information that support positive outcomes for young people receiving services. As an Independent Officer, the Child and Youth Advocate also represents the Office of the Child
and Youth Advocate publicly in the role of spokesperson.
Drawing on executive level leadership and management experience the Child and Youth Advocate provides strategic direction and support to the team of professionals in the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate based in Edmonton and Calgary. All geographical
regions of the province are served from these two locations.