There is a growing recognition of the importance of advocacy for children and young people when plans are being made about their lives.
Appreciating the views and feelings of the child or young person helps them feel involved and can help everyone make better decisions. Working like this is not just good practice, it’s a legal requirement.
Listening to children and young people is at the heart of Advent Advocacy’s work, we are committed to supporting children and young people in finding their voice and making sure their thoughts and opinions are heard by the adults around them. We work independently and confidentially with children and young people in a variety of settings such as residential homes and CAMHS services. We support children and young people on the big important stuff in their lives but also make sure they have a voice when it comes to the smaller things too.
We make sure that the children and young people we work with are aware of their rights as part of the Children’s Act (1989, 2004) such as a right to privacy or a right to being listened to. If a local authority is deciding what should happen to a child or young person they have to find out how they feel and what they want. They have to tell the child or young person what is happening and why.
We help them have their say. For example we can support children and young people’s forums so they can express their thoughts and opinions on their home, education or even the food that they eat. Or we work with children and young people on a one to one basis to find out what’s important to them on all things from where they live to what activities they have access to and we support them to have their viewpoint listened to.
If you are a child or young person, an Advocate can help you by:
We may not be able to change the situation a child or young person finds themselves in such as being in care, but we can help get their voices heard and make sure they are listened to and have a say in what’s happening to them.
For more info about our Children & Young Person’s Advocacy service please contact us