Children's Rights support children and young people in receiving help, advice and support.
Children’s Rights offer the following services, which can all be accessed through a referral:
Children and young people in care
- Children and young peoples' advocate - An advocate is a professional who can support a child or young person to have a voice in issues and decisions about their life and their care. This is a short term intervention. The advocacy that Children’s Rights provide is 'situational' and 'instructed'. This means that we are a short term service dedicated to resolving issues for children either through a complaint, advocating for them in a meeting or situation or gathering their views for EHC plans, reviews or tribunals.
The child or young person has to be able to instruct, but we will use differing methods to illicit these views, for example using an interpreter for a child where English is not their first language or the support of a key worker for children with disabilities.
- Independent visitors - Independent visitors are volunteers who are matched with a child or young person in care who have little or no contact with birth parents. The child or young person and volunteer are matched based upon common interests, hobbies and personality. Each volunteer is matched with one child / young person which enables a valuable and trusting relationship to be formed over time. Visits are generally once a fortnight for a couple of hours and it is anticipated that this match will continue if possible until the young person reaches 21 years of age. All volunteers receive training and supervision as well as signing an agreement about expectations.
- Participation - Through participation, young people in care can get involved in interview panels, complete campaigns and commission services.
How do I request a service from Children's Rights?
You can request support for a child or young person or ask a question using the online form below. Please be clear as to what the specific situation is so that an advocate can help to help resolve it:Request support