The Saskatchewan Advocate for Children & Youth (Ms Cheryl Starr, Ms Marci Macomber & Ms Karen Topolinski) came to our school today to give a talk to both staff and the community about their organization, how they can help us as well as the situations in which to call on them. It was the end of the work day for teachers and staff and we thank them for their dedication to the welfare of all our students. We also thank the representatives of the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children & Youth for making it here to share this wonderful resource open to all children and youths under our care. We are also grateful for community leaders for coming to show their support and to also learn more about the legislative powers of the team and to learn when & how to call on them.
If you missed the talk, you can watch a video extract here.
Here’s a quick recap of the talk:
Who are they?
A team of professionals who advocate for the rights, interests, and well-being of children and youths in Saskatchewan. Authority is provided under The Advocate for Children and Youth Act.
Vision: The rights, well-being, and voice of children and youths are respected and valued.
Mission: Empowering children and youths to be change-makers.
- Place – Children and youths first
- Respect – First Nations and Metis language and culture
- Embrace – Reconciliation
- Provide – Accessible, fair, appropriate and timely service
- Inclusive – Of all
What is their organization’s Fundamental Goal?
To be part of solutions that result in positive change in the quality of life for First Nations and Metis children and youth.
In what situations do we call them?
- a child’s or youth’s interests, rights or entitlements are not being considered.
- a child’s or youth’s viewpoint is not being heard.
- there is concern/disagreement/misunderstanding about a decision regarding a youth/child.
If you would like more information, you can call them at the above hotline. You can also visit their website at saskadvocate.ca