Our advocacy service supports children and young people to express their views about the things that matter to them. We also recognise that some children may need best interests advocacy at times in their lives and we can provide this, especially where children are very young or have significant cognitive impairments.
Most of our advocacy services are provided in London, the South East of England and Wales, but we also work alongside established childrens advocacy services to develop practice with disabled children, providing mentoring, support, resource development and supervision.
We are unusual in that our team includes deaf and disabled adults and deaf and disabled young people. We can provide advocates with high levels of clinical expertise where required.
How it works
We have block contracts for some settings and authorities. Usually we arrange an initial meeting with each young person, designed to explore their needs and wishes and to explain what we can and cannot offer. This first meeting is with someone with the right skills and communicative competence to act as the childs advocate. We match people carefully at this initial stage so that the child experiences continuity if the service is commissioned.