The Representative for Children and Youth supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child-serving system.
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Bernard Richard is B.C.'s new Representative for Children and Youth. He was appointed effective Feb. 16, 2017.
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Any information gathered about you is confidential. While most of the Rep’s advocacy services are done over the phone, advocates can also come and meet you in person.
As a child in care, your rights include the right to participate in social and recreation activities if available and appropriate, and according to your abilities and interests. Contact us to learn more about the rights of children and youth in care, and what to do if you feel you are being denied your rights.
You may feel like you are not being heard, or may feel unsupported in your community. You may not be aware of the different types of services and supports available to you. The Rep’s Office works closely with government and wants to make sure that you are an informed and empowered decision-maker.
You should call the Children's Helpline right away. Call 310-1234 (no area code), or dial 0 from any phone in B.C. to call the operator and ask for the Children's Helpline. The Rep can help children and youth in B.C. in many ways, but if you or someone you know is in danger and needs protection, it's best to tell someone you trust and get help as soon as you can.