Terms of Reference
It was been proposed by Karla Bernard, MLA for District 12, Charlottetown – Victoria Park and Opposition critic for Education and Lifelong Learning and Status of Women, that a PEI Children and Youth Table be established to assist in ensuring the needs and priorities of children and youth are represented during these uncertain times with COVID-19 due to the disruption the pandemic has placed on lives, especially our children and youth. This table will serve while PEI awaits the formal appointment of the Child & Youth Advocate and the enacting of the Child and Youth Advocate Act.
- Establish the need and priorities for children and youth;
- Address gaps and areas of concern related to children and youth;
- Identify supportive structures and processes for children and youth;
- Facilitate assessment and engagement; and
- Ensure monitoring evaluation and reporting related to matters concerning children and youth.
The working group must work within the legislative and regulatory practices that are currently in place within Prince Edward Island, while finding opportunities for efficiency and enhancement until the Child and Youth Advocate is appointed. Upon appointment, the future of any formal structure/group would then be under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate and the independent office will have authority over scope, membership, roles and functions thereafter.
The membership of the Table is made up of Youth members and adult advisors.
Roles and Function
The role of members of the PEI Children and Youth Table includes:
- Engage children and youth, including children in care and in provincial facilities, in order to identify issues and potential solutions to areas of concern related to children and youth on Prince Edward Island; and
- Review decisions related to COVID-19 using a child rights-based approach.
Committee Code of Conduct
- Prioritization of issues will follow the direction of child and youth participants
- All participants will use age appropriate language and terminology that is accessible to all members of the PEI Children and Youth Table
- The Chair will endeavor to ensure that children and youth are engaged throughout meetings and shall be given the first opportunity to ask or answer questions
- Recognition is given that Youth Participants will be engaged and supported by the Chair and Support & Engagement roles. Youth Participants’ Table meeting involvement may be fluid, personalized, and should be respected as such.
- Whenever possible, decisions will be made by consensus. If agreement cannot be reached, the Chair will use a conflict resolution strategy
- Members of the PEI Children and Youth Table will attend regularly scheduled meetings, review materials and actively participate
- Members will create a safe environment and listen inclusively to the views of others
- Members will respect confidentiality of committee discussions
- Members of the PEI Children and Youth Table will recognize the levels of expertise and opportunities to work collaboratively and innovatively and participate in a respectful manner
- Members of the PEI Children and Youth table will participate with objectivity applying a child right’s lens in their representation of respective departments, community organizations and children and/or youth.
Stakeholders to be Consulted
- Youth Advisory Council(s)
- Youth in Care Network
- Aborginal Women’s Assocaition
- Native Council of PEI
- Municipal Police Forces
- PEERS Alliance
- Special Olympics PEI
- PEI Transgender Network
- Boys and Girls Clubs (Summerside, Charlottetown, Montague)
- Generation XX
- Atlantic Summer Institute (ASI)
- Women's Network
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Home and School Federation
- Federation of Municipalities
- Premiers Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention
- Poverty Reduction Advisory Council (or another organization with poverty reduction/eradication as the mandate)
- PEI Council of People with Disabilities
- PEI Federation of Foster Families
- Grandparents’ group(s) of Charlottetown and Summerside
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Stars for Life
- Autism Society of Prince Edward Island
- Interministerial Women’s Secretariat
The chair and vice-chair will work collaboratively to schedule meetings, set agendas, and facilitate discussion.
All agenda items will be forwarded to the chair and vice-Chair by close of business 3 days prior to the meeting. Agenda items must be related to the scope of the PEI Children and Youth Table.
Decision Making Authority: Recommendations to government shall be based on the scope and mandate of the PEI Children and Youth Table.
Minutes: A staff resource will be identified and attend meetings to record outcomes and action items from of the PEI Children and Youth Table.
Recommendations identified by the PEI Children and Youth Table shall be recorded and forwarded to the appropriate individual within government by the chair and vice-chair. Government officials are asked to report back to the chair and vice-chair of the PEI Children and Youth Table on progress status of recommendations.
Expenditures related to the PEI Children and Youth Table shall be pre-approved and submitted through the Clerk of Executive Council.
Meetings shall be held once per week, pending availability of members of the PEI Children and Youth Table. Quorum for meetings shall be 50% + 1 of the core-membership.
Review & Reporting: A monthly summary of meetings, recommendations and progress shall be sent from the chair and vice-chair to the Premier on a monthly basis. The first report shall be sent no later than June 1, 2020.