Suzanne Arpin


Member of Bar, Quebec

Vice President, Youth
Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse


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The Commission has the mandate to promote and uphold the rights set forth in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, which are recognized to every person, including children. Furthermore, the Commission must ensure, by any appropriate measures, that the rights of the children and adolescents affected by an intervention under the Youth Protection Act or the Youth Criminal Justice Act are respected. These include:

All children have the right to give their opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.

Art. 12 Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • the right to make their views known concerning the measures to be taken;
  • the right to be informed and prepared before being transferred from one facility to another (foster family, rehabilitation centre, etc.);
  • the right to receive adequate health, social and educational services while under protection;
  • the right to be consulted and represented by legal counsel;
  • the right to communicate confidentially with family members while housed in a facility;
  • the right to be housed in an appropriate facility;
  • the right, in case of arrest, to be detained apart from adults;
  • the right not to be identified publicly by the media, except if a judicial decision permits it;
  • the right to be protected against arbitrary disciplinary measures;
  • the right to be informed of the rules applicable in a rehabilitation centre;
  • the right to confidentiality;
  • the right to receive regular communications from the Director of Youth Protection.


Provision of services includes:

  • Reception of Requests
  • Investigation
  • Recommendation and Advocacy
  • Action before the Court
  • Rights Education and Cooperation
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Research
  • Reporting