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 Representative for Children and Youth. He was appointed effective Feb. 16, 2017.
Mr. Richard is a bilingual lawyer whose early career was in social work and as Secretary General of the Société Nationale de l'Acadie. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, where he served from 1991 to 2003. During this time, he held several cabinet positions and also served as leader of the Official Opposition, Opposition House Leader and chair of the Official Opposition caucus.
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Part of the Representative’s role is to ensure that the programs and services in place are meeting the needs of children and youth in B.C. She has the authority to monitor and review these services and make recommendations for change if necessary.
If your concern is about your child being abused in foster care, contact your child’s worker or call the Children’s Helpline. Reports to the Children’s Helpline are forwarded to a Ministry of Children and Family Development Office for assessment and investigation of abuse or neglect. If you have already called the Children’s Helpline and still have concerns, contact us to speak to an advocate who can help you follow up with your concern.
Advocates are there to act on your behalf. The Rep’s Office doesn’t work for a Ministry or Community Living BC – it works for you.
One of our advocates can help you by requesting that the social worker answer your question as soon as possible. The advocate will make sure that the social worker explains the decision, will help you to understand the answers to any questions you have and will explain the appeal process should you be told that you cannot get the braces.