Office of the Child and Youth Advocate 

Address: 193 LeMarchant Rd, St. John’s, NL A1C 2H5 

Tel: (709) 753-3888
Toll-Free: 1-877-753-888 
Fax: (709) 753-3988
Twitter: @OCYANL 


We help children and youth be heard and get the services they have a right to receive from government, its boards, and its agencies. We stand up for children and youth rights. We help children and youth express their opinions or views and if they are unable to do so, speak on their behalf. 

Target Population:

We provide services to any child or youth under the age of 19 years old who is entitled to receive services from a government department, agency, or board. The age is extended to youth up to their 21st birthday if they are in a care or custody arrangement.

Highlights of Programs/Services Offered:

  • Individual Advocacy: We speak up for you, with you, or help you speak up for yourself so your voice is heard and your rights are respected. 
  • Systemic Advocacy: We look into issues that affect groups of children and youth. 
  • Reviews/Investigations: We review and investigate concerns on behalf of an individual or group of children or youth. 
  • Education and Outreach: We do education sessions and workshops with youth groups, community organizations, schools, and professionals about child and youth rights. 

Reach out to us if you: 

  • You have a complaint(s) regarding access to services 
  • You believe your viewpoint is not being heard or that your rights are being ignored 
  • You believe that all information about your needs has not been considered 

Call us, email or drop into the office.  

  • We offer a friendly, accepting, and supportive space. 
  • You can bring a support person if it makes you feel more comfortable. 
  • Anyone can contact us if you have concerns about the rights of a child or youth 

We also have a fabulous Young Artist Program 

  • Are you a young artist under the age of 21? 
  • If so, we would love to show case your artwork on our website, social media, newsletters, reports and other resource materials about children’s rights. We are interested in drawings, paintings, photos, and even your poetry. We provide a prize pack for all submissions. For more information see here