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OPACY Presentation - Adult

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Renee Dawson

on 29 April 2013

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The Provincial Advocate Office of the Provincial Advocate
for Children and Youth 435 Balmoral Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7C 5N4
Tel: (807) 624-1455
Toll Free: 1 888 342 1380 What is Advocacy? What do we do? We advocate for the rights of CHILDREN and YOUTH. ... to actively support something or someone. How do we advocate? Amplifying the voices,
promoting the views,
listening to the opinions AND
spreading the word about the
rights of.. YOUNG PEOPLE In 2007, the Government of Ontario passed new legislation The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act In the case of our office we advocate for young by Provincial Advocate for
Children and Youth
Receiving & Responding
to Complaints Encouraging
Communication Reviews & Inquests Rights & Education Providing an independent voice for children and youth. All these tasks... Are addressed at our office through... 3 Teams SYSTEMIC TEAM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
TEAM Individial Rights Team Who do we serve? Children and Youth
who are a part of... Child Welfare System Children's Mental
Health System Children with special needs Children requiring the services of Provincial and Demonstration schools Youth Justice System First Nations children and youth Why do we advocate for children and youth? Be cause all young people have rights. Our office operates according to the principles contained in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child An international document that guides how children, under the age of 18, should be treated and the rights they have. A Total of 54 Articles Article 2: parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind i.e. race, color, sex, language, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status Article 3: In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration Article 6: States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life Article 12: States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child Article 30: recognizes the cultural specificity of indigenous children and requires States parties to provide them with positive measures of special protection in order to exercise all their rights and allow them to enjoy their own culture, language and religion. The committee notes that the right to exercise cultural rights among indigenous peoples may be closely associated with the use of traditional territory and its resources This Act allows us to act as an independent Office of the Legislature of Ontario. Systems Advocacy, with a small "s", refers to advocacy initiatives in the context of organizations/agencies or community that will influence programs and practices to benefit children/youth. All systems advocacy is generated by case advocacy. When it is clear that policies and practice in agencies interfere with the quality of life and development of children and youth, then systemic advocacy is required. Case Advocacy: Listen, Give the youth the opportunity to make their own case; self-advocate, Help them to access legitimate authority, Equalize power base, Reinforce staff / management to use their authority appropriately; to act responsibly, Bring reality to the situation, Persist with the youth in a consistent manner until meaningful resolution is gained, Teach youth skilful ways to disagree with people; role model appropriate dispute resolution, Create safety, put in place safeguards, Follow up with youth and staff asdasdsadsad Northern Ontario comprises nearly 90% of the area of Ontario, its population of approximately 803,866 represents only 6% of the total population for the province. This large service area and the unique needs of its communities and citizens are among the reasons The Northern Office was established in Thunder Bay Ontario in 2012 Toronto From head
office to... Thunder Bay The Northern Office Directors Individual Rights
Advocacy Strategic Development Child and Youth Advocates Community Development Advisors Youth Amplifiers The Organizational Structure
of the Office In July 2012 the Thunder Bay office of the Provincial Advocate was opened at 435 Balmoral Street.
We have four full time Advocates
Four young people are currently on board to assist in the continued work and follow up on projects.
The Office’s role is to ensure the youth are heard and their recommendations are acted upon What you need to know to help your children and youth contact our office. Young people have the legal right to speak to an Advocate from the Office about the services they receive They must be provided with the Office’s contact information upon admission to any placement and on a quarterly basis Posters indicating this information must also be visible in all child welfare residences, youth justice facilities and children’s mental health residences Marianne Borg - (807) 624-1451
Judy Cameron - (807) 624-1450
Renee Dawson - (807) 624-1452
Shirley Salt - (807) 624-1453
E-mail: advocacy@provincialadvocate.on.ca A D V O C A T E S E L M A N I R W I N
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