OCYA and Rights

Understanding your Rights


3 minutes - Article

When you are involved in the youth justice system, you have rights that must be respected.

The OCYA stands up for young people. They are an independent office, which means they are not part of the government, Children’s Services, or Youth Justice.

Help you speak up

They can help you speak up for yourself so that your rights, interests and viewpoints are considered when decisions are being made about you. Some of your rights include:

  • Be protected against discrimination
  • Participating when decisions are being made about you
  • Access medical care and health information
  • Receive an education
  • Being treated fairly and not in a cruel or harmful way
  • Access to a lawyer if you have been charged with a crime (through Legal Aid Alberta)

Get in touch

Even if you’re not sure the OCYA can help – try them! A friendly intake worker will listen and ask you a few questions to see if they can help.

Their toll-free number is available anywhere in Alberta: 1.800.661.3446.

If you get a voicemail, leave a message with your name and phone number and an intake worker will call you back.

You can also email if that works better: [email protected]

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