Advocacy helps to safeguard children and young people, and protect them from harm and neglect. It is about speaking up for children and young people and ensuring their views and wishes are heard and acted upon by decision-makers. Local Authorities have a duty under The Children Act to ensure that advocacy services are provided for children, young people and care leavers making or intending to make a complaint. It should also cover representations which are not complaints. IRO’s should also provide a child/young person with information about advocacy services and offer help in obtaining an advocate.
The National Standards set out, advocacy services provide independent and confidential:
- Representation; and