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Child and Youth Advocate Act

Government of Yukon Country Resources Yukon 14 May 2009 Legislation/regulation child/youth protection

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"This Act must be interpreted and administered in accordance with the following principles

(a) the family is the primary source of nurturance, support and advocacy for children and youth;
(b) consistent and loving relationships enable children and youth to form attachments and develop personal resiliency;
(c) culture, traditions, values and beliefs play a vital role in strengthening the identity and resiliency of a child and youth;
(d) every child and youth has strengths that can be enhanced by those working in partnership with them;
(e) relationships based on trust and respect enhance the will to cooperate and resolve issues;
(f) modeling a cooperative and respectful process for resolving issues provides children and youth with an experience of how to resolve
issues in a way that fosters resolution and healing;
(g) First Nations have a responsibility for children and youth who are members of their First Nation and a desire to be involved in processes regarding the protection and realization of their member’s rights and interests;
(h) the dignity and diversity of children and youth must be respected;
(i) children and youth are active participants in their own development and have an evolving capacity to form and express their views;
(j) the way a child or youth communicates is not necessarily a reflection of their capacity to understand and make decisions;
(k) communication with a child or youth must be respectful and appropriate to the skills, abilities and developmental maturity of the
child or youth; and
(l) a child-centred or youth-centred approach focuses on the interests, needs and rights of the child or youth and recognizes that a child or a youth grows and develops as part of a family, a culture and a nation."


This document was uploaded 08/09/2014
This act was consolidated in May 2009
For the latest version of the law please refer to this link: http://www.gov.yk.ca/legislation/acts/chyoad.pdf

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