Article 39 to set up national advocates network

In July 2018, Article 39 conducted an online survey of independent advocates in England. The findings give insight into their experiences, their workload and challenges, the groups of children they work with and what would help advocates give the best help to children and young people. Article 39’s Assistant Director, Helen Donohoe, said: “This survey … Read more

Young people name new children’s rights campaign

Two young people from Sheffield Children in Care Council have named an exciting new campaign to strengthen children’s independent advocacy services in England. Independent advocates help children and young people to be heard and taken seriously, and play a crucial and unique role in making sure children’s rights are upheld. Seventeen year-old Heather put forward … Read more

1 in 5 children in care and care leavers has used an advocate

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has published its first ‘State of the Nation’ report, which gives the results of its national survey with children in care and care leavers. One aspect of the survey focuses on children and young people’s knowledge and use of independent advocates. These are individuals working independently of … Read more