Advocacy

In May 2014 a new model was approved for children and young people wanting support from advocacy. This new model has greatly improved the accessibility of advocacy for a much wider audience of young people. The previous model was only available to young people over 8 years old who were looked after or wanting to make a complaint against the council. The new advocacy model makes a much broader offer:

  • It is now available to children and young people aged five years old and over.
  • It is available to children and young people
    • Who are looked after
    • Who are on a child protection plan
    • Who are taking part in Family Group Conferences (currently a pilot)
    • Who wish to make a complaint against the council.

This new offer is possible as a result of changes to the Children’s Rights and Advocacy Service and a refreshed programme of training and recruiting of volunteer advocates.

In September 2014 the first ever annual review of advocacy provision for children and young people was published. This review explored the usage and experience of young people taking part in advocacy between April 2013 and March 2014 and informed the development of the new advocacy offer described above. You can download a copy of the 2013-2014 Advocacy report from the downloads section on this page.

For information about how to access the advocacy service please see the Show Me That I Matter website.

Useful documents


 

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