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Independent Children’s Advocacy


What is advocacy?

Children’s advocacy is about us helping you to speak out to people and professionals speaking out on the best interests of children and young people to protect children’s rights.

Why does the advocacy service exist?

We understand how challenging it can be for the children involved in social care to have your voices heard. We also know that sometimes our processes can feel strange and scary.

That’s why we have a team of trained independent advocates who work with children that need support. Independent Advocates support you and help you talk about your views at our meetings such as child protection conferences or children looked after review.

Alternatively they can speak on your behalf if you don‘t feel confident enough. This means your views can be heard by the professionals who make decisions on your future care arrangements. We also take part in exit interviews with children as they leave care or move foster placements.

What to expect when you meet an advocate

Our team of independent advocates are there to meet with the child and support them to talk about the kinds of things they want the professionals involved in their care to know about.

This could be how you feel about things at home, your relationships with your parents, brothers, sisters and friends and how you are getting on at school. This all helps the professionals involved to understand your views and what you would like to happen in the future.

Who are the advocates?

All of our independent advocates are volunteers from areas outside of social work and are trained and are DBS checked.

Find out more and make a request

For more information please see leaflet below or contact 01472 326292 or email advocates@nelincs.gov.uk.

To request an advocate for yourself or a child or young person complete the Your voice request form .

“North East Lincolnshire Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and staff and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers.”