An advocate can help you if:

  • You want some help in saying the things you need to say to those who make decisions about you.

  • If you are unhappy about the way you are being treated by social services or you are worried about plans being made, such as a move.

  • If you need information and advice and want to know your rights.

  • An advocate can make sure you understand what people are saying and help you say what you want to say and make sure people listen to you.

  • An advocate can be with you at meetings.

 Advocates can support and listen to you if you feel your wishes and feelings are not being heard by yoursocial worker, carers or anyone else involved in decisions about your care and welfare.

Advocates can support and listen to you if you feel your wishes and feelings are not being heard by yoursocial worker, carers or anyone else involved in decisions about your care and welfare.

 0808 800 5792

0808 800 5792

Become charity

Since 1992 they have been working to improve the everyday lives and future life chances of young people who are unable to live with their birth families. They have some fantastic fact sheets including your entitlements in education on their website.

In care or a care leaver? Looking for help and advice? Talk to them in confidence – online or over the phone. 

You can call them on 0800 023 2033 between 10:30am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, or email us at advice@becomecharity.org.uk

 Coram Voice enables and equips children and young people to hold to account the services that are responsible for their care.

Coram Voice enables and equips children and young people to hold to account the services that are responsible for their care.

  • A free national helpline staffed by specially trained professionals called advocates

  • A network of independent advocates in the community who can meet with children and young people face-to-face to discuss their problems and ways they can be resolved

  • Independent advocates who provide a regular visiting service in the community to children and young people in specialist residential settings (including mental health units)

  • Specialist and accessible support for children and young people who don’t speak English, have poor mental health or who have a disability or profound communication needs

  • An Independent Person or Investigating Officer to ensure a child’s rights are upheld in the complaints process and at Secure Accommodation Reviews (when decisions are taken about whether to keep a young person in secure care for their own welfare)

  • An Independent Visitor to become a reliable friend for children who don’t have regular family contact

  • Training, consultancy and specialist information to promote good practice and develop opportunities for children and young people to feed into the process of affecting change

More Links for advice and support

Care Leavers’ Association

User-led charity run by care leavers for care leavers

Care Leavers’ Foundation

Provides assistance and support to care leavers

ChildLine

Free and confidential help for young people in the UK ChildLine: 0800 1111

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Children’s legal charity, dedicated to promoting children’s rights

Coram Voice

Helps young people to hold services responsible for their care to account National Advocacy Helpline: 0808 800 5792

Just4Kids Law

Provides advocacy, legal support and assistance to young people in difficulty

Migrant Children's Project

Run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre. Helps migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children in the UK Advice Line (Tues - Thurs 10am - 4pm) 0207 636 8505

Office for the Children’s Commissioner – England

Promotes and protects children's rights in England Helpline for children in care: 0800 528 0731

Office for the Children’s Commissioner – Northern Ireland

Promotes and protects children's rights in Northern Ireland Contact number: 028 9031 1616

Office for the Children’s Commissioner – Scotland

Promotes and protects children's rights in Scotland Enquiries service: 0800 019 1179

Office for the Children’s Commissioner – Wales

Promotes and protects children's rights in Wales Enquiries service: 0808 801 1000

Adfam

Support for the family members or friends of people with drug or alcohol problems

The Fostering Network

Support for foster carers.

Mencap

Support for people with learning disabilities and their families/carers

Mind

Support for people experiencing mental distress and their families

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Help and support for people experiencing domestic violence.

Scope

Support for disabled people, their families/carers and professionals

Talk to Frank

Information about drugs

Shelter

Shelter is a registered charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland. http://england.shelter.org.uk/