In 2007, the Children’s Advocate Office (now Advocate for Children and Youth) developed a set of eight Guiding Principles intended to address the need to integrate and enhance a Children and Youth First commitment within all aspects of our service provision. These principles also reflect the core beliefs and values that we advance in all aspects of our work with government ministries and agencies, as well as with children and youth service sectors and care providers. In response to a recommendation of the Advocate, the Government of Saskatchewan adopted these prinicples in February 2009.
Saskatchewan's Children and Youth First Principles
All children and youth in Saskatchewan are entitled to:
- Those rights defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Participate and be heard before any decision affecting them is made.
- Have their ‘best interests’ given paramount consideration in any action or decision involving them.
- An equal standard of care, protection and services.
- The highest standard of health and education possible in order to reach their fullest potential.
- Safety and protection from all forms of physical, emotional and sexual harm, while in the care of parents, governments, legal guardians or any person.
- Be treated as the primary client, and at the centre, of all child serving systems.
- Have consideration given to the importance of their unique life history and spiritual traditions and practices, in accordance with their stated views and preferences
Touchstones of Hope for Indigenous Children, Youth and Families
Working respectfully together to design, implement, and monitor the new child welfare system.
Doing what we can to redress the harm and making changes to ensure it does not happen again.
Telling the story of child welfare as it has affected Indigenous children, youth and families.
Learning from the past, seeing one another with new understanding, and recognizing the need to move forward to a new path.