For Youth

Our Child and Youth Advocate

The Child and Youth Advocate is a full-time staff member at Oak Centre whose role is to support you in talking to police or your social worker and to help you stay connected with the supports you need. Our Child and Youth Advocate will be there when you get to Oak Centre, and help you get comfortable before the interview. Before or after the interview, the Advocate will meet with you to talk about how they can help you. The Advocate will provide emotional and practical support, service referrals, and make sure your voice is heard. After your visit to Oak Centre, the Advocate will follow up with you and provide support to you for as long as necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions about Oak Centre, or about your interview, we encourage you to call our Child and Youth Advocate at 778-475-2920.

Can I bring someone with me when I come to Oak Centre?

Yes. If you think that having someone there will help you, we encourage you to bring a safe   person for support, like a family member, teacher, or counsellor. If you have questions about who to bring with you, call our Child and Youth Advocate who can help you decide.

How long do interviews take?

Usually, interviews take 45-60 minutes, but you will probably be at Oak Centre for about 60-90 minutes. Once the interview is done, you’ll have a chance to talk to the interviewer about the next steps and ask questions.

Who will be interviewing me?

The interviewer may be a member of the RCMP (police) or a social worker. They are specially trained to carefully listen to youth and to follow your direction. You will never have to talk if you don’t want to, can ask for breaks from talking, and can stop the interview at any time. A different police officer or social worker will be watching and recording the interview from another room. The interview will be recorded on video.

Will there be other youth or families at Oak Centre while I’m there?

To respect your privacy, you will be the only client at Oak Centre during your appointment.

What type of help can I get from Oak Centre?

The Child and Youth Advocate is an emotional support for you, and works with you to figure out what practical supports are most needed. If you choose to have us contact you after your first visit, we can continue to provide support as your journey progresses, either over the phone, by text, or in-person. If you choose, the Child and Youth Advocate will also act as a contact with other agencies, making sure everyone involved are keeping your best interest at the center of the case.

Questions?

If you still have questions about Oak Centre, or about your interview, we encourage you to call our Child and Youth Advocate at 778-475-2920.