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OCYA_AB: Child and Youth Advocate releases Annual Report

Edmonton…Del Graff, Provincial Child and Youth Advocate, released the 2018-19 Annual Report of the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA).

This year’s Annual Report provides a summary of OCYA activities during the past year, and looks ahead at how the OCYA plans to strengthen its services so that young people in Alberta succeed in their lives and communities.

“The role of my office is to stand up for young people. They are at the core of our advocacy work, and we’re here to elevate their voices and raise their concerns,” said Del Graff. “As we move forward, we will continue to call for actions and improvements to the systems that serve them.”

Some of the highlights from this past year:

  • calling attention to youth opioid use in Alberta by releasing a report called “Into Focus” which explored the deaths of 12 young people who died from opioid poisoning,
  • completing 13 Investigative Reviews (including 4 systemic reviews and 9 mandatory reviews) that explored the circumstances of 24 young people and made 11 new recommendations and seven observations aimed at improving the health, safety and well-being of Alberta’s young people,
  • addressing systemic issues in the youth justice system by hosting two community conversations about the use of OC spray and segregation that inform a special report containing recommendations for government, and
  • examining post-18 supports for young adults by reviewing the circumstances of six young people who passed away while also examining the challenges facing those who were recently receiving services from our advocates.

We will continue to raise awareness across Alberta about the importance of affirming, respecting, and acting upon the rights, interests, and viewpoints of young people.

The Annual Report was tabled by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and outlines the work and activities of the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate during the reporting period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

A copy of the Annual Report can be found under Publications at:

http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/adult/publications/annual-reports/.

To view progress on our Recommendations:

http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/adult/publications/recommendations/.

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is an independent office of the Legislature. We Stand Up For Young People receiving designated government services.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Tim Chander

Communications Manager

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate of Alberta

780-638-4064

[email protected]

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