The Advocate Office provides services to Yukon's children and youth by protecting and implementing their rights and ensuring their voices are heard within a safe environment.
The Advocate Office will advocate on behalf of all Yukon children and youth who are receiving a designated government service or are eligible to access and receive a government service. Our office will ensure children's Rights are respected and their voices are heard. Designated services are services and programs for children and youth funded by the Yukon government including but not limited to: Education, Child Protection, Foster Care, Adoption, Youth with Disabilities, Mental Health, Addiction Services, the Young Offender's Facility and Youth Justice. When a person calls the Advocate Office he/she will speak to an Advocate. The Advocate will listen to the concerns, ensure the mandate of the Advocate office is met, clarify the information received and review any steps that have already been taken. If the Child Advocate office is not the service required we will gladly make a referral to an appropriate service. All calls are confidential except when a call is received that discloses current physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect.
Our mandate is three-fold and includes work pertaining to:
Ensure that all Yukon children and youth have their rights protected, their views and preferences upheld and their voices heard and considered;
Help build a stronger system of support for all Yukon children and youth which allows them an opportunity to achieve their full potential;
Deliver our mandate in a child-centered, open, collaborative, accountable and responsive way.