In November 2005, the Honourable Ted Hughes was appointed to conduct an independent review of British Columbia’s child protection system. More than 70 individuals with special expertise and over 300 child welfare groups contribute to the review. Five months later, he submitted the B.C. Children and Youth Review to the provincial government. The review contained 62 recommendations for changes to the child welfare system, including the creation of an independent advocacy and oversight body – the Representative for Children and Youth.
Ever wonder what to do if you have a friend who needs help? Check out this short video and feel free to contact our advocates at BC's Office of the Representative for Children and Youth. You can call us, email us or find us online! Whatever works for you. :)
BC's Representative for Children and Youth (RCYBC) is an independent office of the Legislature. That means that we are not the government! RCYBC supports youth in care, young people and their families, and any children and youth who are not in government care but still require assistance in dealing with the government.
In this second video in the series, our Social Media Youth Team spoke with the Representative for Children and Youth about his experiences at RCY. Bernard tells the team about his incredible first experience at Ignite Your Spirit and how important it is for children and youth to know that RCY exists and the advocacy services available.
No youth should ever be homeless. Too many are. Meet Katherine McParland, a youth who is doing something about it. With a team of youth leaders, Katherine is hosting a series of forums around B.C. to hear from youth with experiences of homelessness. If you fit this description, please join in! Times, dates and details on our website: https://rcybc.ca/youthhomelessness.
In this video, Representative for Children and Youth Bernard Richard tells the Social Media Youth Team about his three main priorities: to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous youth in care, to help kids transition out of care and to provide access to mental health services and substance abuse treatment.
The Lansdowne Middle School Choir performed a Namibian folk song on June 18, 2015 at the release of the Growing Up in B.C. - 2015 report by the Representative and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall.
When you call RCYBC, you will be connected with an advocate. Our advocates are here to help in dealing with your social worker, speaking up about your rights and your care and getting access to government services. We thought it would be fun to ask them some questions and introduce you to them.