Advocacy

Advocacy means having someone to help you deal with some of life’s difficult times; it means getting your views heard when decisions are being made about your life! An advocate can help you decide what you want to happen, and how you can make your views clear to adults so that they take your wishes and feelings into account. Advocates are independent people, who are not employed by Children’s Social Care.

They will make sure you get your views across and your voice heard. They are on your side and work for you. You can ask for an Independent Advocate at any time you need help to have our say.

You can have support from an Advocate if you are:

  • a looked after child
  • a care leaver
  • a young person with a Social Worker and you want support to make a complaint
  • a young person with a Social Worker and are involved in a Child Protection process
  • a young person with a Social Worker and feel you need help to have your say at a meeting

 

When you might want to use an advocate

  • If you feel your views are not being listened to.
  • If you are unhappy with the way you are being cared for.
  • If you are angry or upset about something that is happening to you.
  • If you feel you haven’t been treated fairly.
  • If no one is telling you what is happening about your situation.
  • If decisions are being made about you that you haven’t been involved in.
  • If you want support to make a complaint.
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For Independent Advice and Advocacy

Action for Children

Call 01635 873 739 (You will pay for this call)

https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/in-your-area/services/childrens-rights/here4me/

Coram Voice

Call 0808 800 5792 (Freephone Helpline)

Text and WhatsApp: 07758 670369

www.coramvoice.org.uk/alwaysheard

National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)

Call 0808 808 1001 (Freephone helpline Mon-Friday 9am – 8pm),

Saturday 10am – 4pm

Email help@nyas.net www.nyas.net