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Advocacy


An advocate can help get your views listened to.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is a way of working that helps young people put their views forward. It is there to help young people be involved in decisions about their future. Advocacy is about the young person's views and rights. Someone who works only in this way is called an Advocate.

Advocates are people that help you work out what you want to say and how to say it. They are people that help you put your views forward and give you confidence to speak up for yourself. An Advocate can get people to listen to your views. They can tell you your rights, help you find services and support you need. An Advocate will never tell you what their views are and will act for you regardless of what they think.  An Advocate can help you untangle your thoughts and work out with you what your choices are. An Advocate will only do as you ask and support you how you want. They do not take any one else's views into account only the young person they are working for.

 

Advocates can attend any meetings with you where your future is discussed. These could include your Looked after Child Review, planning meeting etc. Or they can let professionals know what your thoughts are and ask on your behalf to have meetings to talk about your ideas and thoughts.

 

Advocates help you put forward what you want to say and help you to establish whether this falls into the category of a RIGHT, NEED or WANT.

A Right is: something that you are entitled to by law. For example; the right to education, therefore education must be provided and you must be supported by professionals to access education and reach your potential.

A Need is; something that must be considered by professionals for example; extra support in maths. This is something that would be beneficial to your wellbeing, and that could help you move forward positively. It is not something you have the right to, however accessing this would help you long term.

A Want is: something that would need to be considered by professionals for example; where you want to live. Your views will be taken into account but professionals will ultimately make the decision to ensure that you are safe and that the placement meets your needs.If you are unhappy with decisions made by professionals or feel you have not been listened to and your views have not been taken into account. You would be entitled to make a complaint. This is something your Advocate can support you with.

An Advocate is only there when you need them;

One young person described advocacy as;  "Advocacy is like the apprentice. The young person asks for tasks to be done, then fires the Advocate when it's completed".  So, if you don't think your views are being heard or you aren't getting involved in your meetings; an Advocate can help you do this.

Our Goal: our goal here at Wakefield CAPS is to support you to become confident in addressing issues for yourself, and ultimately becoming able to Self-Advocate.

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