The child and youth mandate of the Office of the Ombudsman is part of the increased recognition of youth rights and the demand for government accountability where services affect youth.
Youth Services offers an independent mechanism for reviewing and investigating the concerns of children, youth, parents, guardians and those working in provincial and municipal child and youth serving facilities and service systems. Ombudsman representatives provide children and youth with a chance to have their voices heard, while monitoring conditions in facilities and making recommendations to improve various child-serving systems. We provide independent oversight and outreach services to youth in correctional facilities, the secure care facility and residential child-caring facilities. We also ensure youth in RCMP and municipal police holding cells are aware of our free services.
Posters and brochures designed specifically for children and youth are available in English, French and Mi 'kmaq.