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Consultation on supporting young people to have an independent voice

An independent advocacy service is a way to help people have a stronger voice and as much control as possible over their own lives. We want your views on the future of our independent advocacy service for young people.


We must provide an advocacy service for the children and young people we support (it is a statutory duty). Advocacy is a way of making sure their opinions and feelings are heard.

The service is available based on the young person's circumstances, such as their care status, physical and mental health needs, special educational needs and disabilities, or their position in the youth justice system. It often involves vulnerable children and young people, including those in foster care, in residential children's homes and care leavers.

Our young person's advocacy service is currently provided by an external not for profit organisation as it is important for it to be independent of us.

What we are consulting on

We are renewing the supplier (re-commissioning) for our independent advocacy service. As part of this, we want to learn from people's experiences. We would particularly like to know if:

  • you have received advocacy support, how did you find it and are there any areas of improvement you can tell us about that would have made the experience better for you
  • you haven't had advocacy support before, what do you think would make a good advocacy service

Have your say

The deadline for comments was 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 March 2020.

What happens next

Your feedback will be considered as part of the re-commissioning of our advocacy service to make sure we are providing a service that suits young people's needs.

There will be no break in provision while this occurs.

We will update you on the outcome of this consultation and the re-commissioning of the service later this year.

Contact us
03000 263 593
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