Rights of LGBT2SQ Children and Youth

LGBT2SQ children and youth served by Ontario’s child welfare system have the right to be free of discrimination. By examining how human rights legislation applies to LGBT2SQ children and youth, child welfare professionals can gain a greater understanding of how to develop fair, inclusive, and appropriate policies and procedures to protect the rights of, and build safer environments for, the LGBT2SQ children and youth they serve. Workers, leaders, families, and caregivers can educate themselves on international conventions and national and provincial non-discrimination laws by reviewing the following:

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982)

Ontario Human Rights Code (1962)

Child and Family Services Act (1990) / Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017

Ontario Human Rights Commission, Policy on Discrimination and Harassment because of Sexual Orientation (2006)

Ontario Human Rights Commission, Policy on Harassment because of Gender Identity and Gender Expression