Government looking for legislative input on vulnerable children and youth

by Morinville News Staff

The Standing Committee on Legislative Offices are asking Albertans to provide thoughts on the Child and Youth Advocate Act, a piece of legislation the government says enables the Advocate to represent the rights, interests, and viewpoints of children and youth receiving intervention services or who are involved with the youth criminal justice system.

“While they are our greatest resource, children and youth are among the most vulnerable members of society,” said MLA for Edmonton-Centre David Shepherd, chair of the committee in a release. “The Child and Youth Advocate Act was established to safeguard Alberta’s most vulnerable children and to give them a voice in matters that affect them. I invite all interested Albertans to provide their thoughts on this most important legislation.”

The Child and Youth Advocate is an independent officer fo the legislature who works with children and youth in the foster care system, the youth justice system and those receiving help under the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act. The review seeks areas of improvement about legislation governing the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA).

Feedback will be accepted until Oct. 14, and thoughts can be submitted online at assembly.ab.ca/committees/legislativeoffices. An informative discussion guide is also available online for those seeking details on the Act. Contributors can ask to make their comments confidential.

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