In advocates’ shoes – Autumn 2022

In this issue we hear from Emma – a specialist advocate for children and young people with disabilities at Coram Voice who has worked in her role for almost 10 years. Her specialist advocacy support includes both direct work with disabled young people, and upskilling professionals across the sector so that they feel better equipped … Read more

In advocates’ shoes – Spring 2022

In this issue we speak with Mags* – a young parents’ advocates at Just for Kids Law**. Mags has a range of experiences of working with young people in different settings and feels passionate about the social inclusion of young parents. *The original interview was conducted with two advocates, one of whom has since left the … Read more

New report calls for urgent action to protect children’s rights in mental health settings

The number of children with a significant mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder, has increased dramatically over the past three years, and for many this has worsened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year over 3,500 children go to hospital because they do not receive the care they … Read more

Action on children and young people’s advocacy

Article 39’s Advocates4U campaign, run in partnership with Coram Voice, NYAS and the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers, today launches a progress report on children and young people’s advocacy services. A year ago, the Children’s Commissioner for England published a report with 10 recommendations for improving children and young people’s access to, and the … Read more

Advocacy services for children and young people must be strengthened – Children’s Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner has today (13 June) published her review of independent advocacy services in England. This shows that 29% of local authorities do not know how advocacy services are provided to children in respect of health complaints – despite them having a legal duty to make such arrangements since 2012. Nine local authorities were … Read more