Year: 2020 Source: [S.l.]: Author. (2019). 26 p. SIEC No: 20200119

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (Council) is an alliance of Advocates, Representatives, and Ombudsman¹ across ten provinces and two territories, who hold explicit mandates to ensure the rights of children and youth in Canada are respected. In general, the Council members advocate on behalf of children and youth receiving provincial or territorial government services, conduct individual and systemic reviews and provide public education on children’s rights. This work is guided by the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)², which consist of 54 articles and key principles of non-discrimination, best interests of the child, right to life, survival and development, and lastly, participation. The Council aims to work collaboratively towards identifying specific or systemic issues impacting the well-being of children and youth that are common to all jurisdictions, and to collectively advocate at the provincial, federal and international levels.