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