David Brent Parfitt
Nationality Canada
Committee Committee on the Rights of the Child
Date First Elected 02/23/2005
Date Term Expires 02/28/2009
Position on Committee Committee member
Professional Background Main professional activty:
The care, protection and rights of children and youth have been a special feature of Mr. Parfitt’s professional activities, along with human rights generally and the delivery of fair and equitable public services. He was Director of the Family and Social Services Law Unit at the Ministry of Attorney General. In 1979, he went to the Ombudsman’s Office where he created the Child and Youth Team and became the Deputy Ombudsman for Children and Youth. The main focus of the Ombudsman’s Office is to promote concepts of administrative fairness and natural justice, as well as human rights and the rights of the child. He also lectured at the Faculty of Law, School of Child and Youth Care and the School of Public Administration (U Vic); and was clinical instructor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has given hundreds of speeches on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and co-hosted two international conferences on children’s rights

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:
- Consultant to Governments (Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South East Asia) on children’s rights and education
- Senior Adviser to Centre for Global Studies at University of Victoria
- Chairperson, International Institute for Child Rights and Development (non-profit)
- Participant Round Table Consultant on Unaccompanied Children Seeking Refuge Status
- Participant, Round Table Consultant with IMPACS on Media and War Affected Children
- Task Force on Children’s Rights in Education, developing modules on articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Co-Chair on Child Protection Legislation Review Committee (Community Panel)
- Adviser on Adolescent Health Survey, McCreary Foundation
- Adviser to Television Programme “KidZone” - Knowledge Network

List of most recent publications in the field:
- “Ensuring Fairness”, Recovery, vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2000)
- “Fairness for All”, Recovery, vol. 11, No. 3 (Fall 2000)
- “Public education on the role of the Ombudsman Office: geographical concerns, targeting vulnerable groups”, International Ombudsman’s Anthology, 1999
- “Public Services to Children, Youth and their Families: The Need for Integration”, Ombudsman Public Report No. 22
- Little Injustices - on Youth Detention Centres in British Columbia, (co-author Carl Friedmann)
Educational Background1968 Bachelor of Arts
1971 Bachelor of Law
1972 Called to the Bar
Current occupation Independent consultant in human rights and on the role of the Ombudsman, children’s rights and the development of democratic institutions. Associate, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria (U Vic). Associate, International Institute for Child Rights and Development (U Vic). Associate, Institute for Dispute Resolution (U Vic). Adviser to the Society for Children and Youth of British Columbia. Adviser to the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
Working LanguageEnglish