Child and Youth Advocate of Alberta
The Office of the Child of Advocate (OCYA) represents the rights, interests and viewpoints of young people receiving services under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act; or who are involved with the youth justice system. The OCYA provides individual and systemic advocacy and stands up for young people so they can be successful in their lives and communities.
We provide children’s rights education and support the annual celebration of National Child Day (NCD) which occurs on November 20th and recognizes our country's commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (website www.nationalchildday.ca) NCD is more than just a recognition day. In communities where rights awareness is high, children are reported to be happier, healthier and safer. When young people are taught their rights they can be more cooperative, compassionate and have improved communication and conflict resolution skills. Test your knowledge of children's rights here https://kahoot.it/challenge/02206843
As teachers and school support staff you are important advocates for young people and schools are a common referral source for our services. Knowing what we do and how to access support for the young people in your classrooms can be a valuable advocacy resource. Please look at the various free resources available on our website, including videos and handouts. If you are interested in learning more about our work, you can click here to Book a Presentation | Office of the Child and Youth Advocate