The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth serves youth in state care and the margins of state care through individual, systemic and policy advocacy. The Office strives, at every level of its operation to be an exemplar of youth participation.
The Office of the Provincial Advocate reports directly to the Legislature and provides an independent voice for children and youth, including children with special needs and First Nations children.
The advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools).
The Provincial Advocate may identify systemic problems involving children, conduct reviews and provide education and advice on the issue of advocacy and the rights of children.
The Office is guided by the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and has a strong commitment to youth involvement.
2013 Report to the Legislature
#BeOurAlly Campaign Video
#ABetterNet: Children & Youth and Social Media
AUDIO: "I have something to say". That is the title of a new website being launched today. It hopes to give voice to young people with special needs. Matt Galloway spoke with Irwin Elman. He is the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.
Irwin's Speech at Sheridan Convocation 2012
The Convention on the Rights of the Child
"Children's Anthem" by Rosanne Howell
November of 2011 marked a very special time for any child in and from Child Welfare Systems. In Ontario, the youth themselves, held hearings at Ontario's Legislative Assembly, to address the issue of youth aging out of care, too early, without support.
As a former youth in care, Rosanne Howell was asked to perform her song, "Children's Anthem"; her testimony at the hearings. The song was written for any child who has, or still does, suffer. It is meant to encourage. It also expresses the feelings of what it is like to live in care.
You Are Not Alone Campaign Videos
Youth Leaving Care Hearings Report