Mandatory Investigations

The Advocate for Children and Youth Act empowers a committee of Saskatchewan's Legislative Assembly, as well as the Lieutenant Governor in Council, to make referrals to the Advocate for investigation, and to report on matters affecting the interests and well-being of children. The Advocate must carry out the request for review, investigation and subsequent report as required by the Act, except in instances where the issues lie outside his jurisdiction.

While there have been no recent referrals from the Legislative Assembly or the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the Advocate for Children and Youth has raised the issue of mandatory investigations as a potential area government should consider invoking, subject to appropriate negotiation of terms of reference and funding for this work. When assessing an issue, our office's independent perspective can contribute to both the credibility of any outcome and an increased level of public confidence in the process.