Confidential, independent advice, information & support

Advocacy is all about representing your rights and helping you to make choices. Our specially trained advocates work with looked after children, with care leavers receiving a 16+ service and with young people living in Beechcroft Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit. 

Advocates can

  • provide you with information and advice on your rights
  • go to meetings with you
  • help you ask for a service
  • help you speak out about decisions that affect you
  • help you make a complaint

Working with an advocate may involve anything from one short phone call to several meetings until things are sorted out. At all times the advocacy service helps you remain in control.

If you are a professional or carer working with looked after children or care leavers receivng a 16+ service, we can:

  • provide you and your team with training on care related issues
  • take a referral of a child or young person
  • signpost you to other services

How do I get an advocate?

It's easy.
  • Call us on 028 9024 4888 during office hours from Monday to Friday to talk to an advocate. 
  • The advocate may offer you help and advice there and then. If you need to meet someone for further support, she or he will put you in touch with an advocate in your area
  • Complete the online contact form
  • Speak to the advocate who visits your children’s home

Group Advocacy

Our advocacy service can work with a small group of young people who all have the same concerns and issues. 

Visiting Advocacy

Our advocates go out to children’s homes and secure units once a month. During the visit, you will have time to talk to an advocate about issues you would like help with.

Advocacy in Beechcroft Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit

Our advocates support young people living in Beechcroft Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit.

How to make a complaint

We are committed to providing a great service for all the young people we work with. However we recognise that you may be unhappy about the quality of our service, about something we have done or about something we have not done. You have a right to complain.

To find out more about how you can make a complaint, our complaints leaflet »