Children and young people have the right to help from an independent advocate in many situations – click here to find out more.
Our England-wide Children and Young People’s Advocates Network seeks to uphold the legal and human rights of children and young people through promoting and supporting excellent advocacy. We use legal education, peer-learning, and advocacy-focused resources to support and empower independent advocates in their work with and for children and young people.
We define independent advocacy as a process of supporting individual children and young people to express their views, wishes and feelings, understand their rights, make informed decisions and influence matters that affect their lives. The work of independent advocates is led by children and young people and non-instructed advocacy is available for those who lack capacity to instruct advocates. The goal of independent advocacy is to ensure children and young people’s views, wishes and feelings are known, understood, respected and acted upon, and their rights are championed and protected.
The Network is free to join and membership is open to independent advocates who:
- currently provide advocacy to individual children and young people (0-25 years old) in England in any setting; and
- Identify with the goals and ethos of advocacy as set out above.
Whether you work for a large, advocacy-only service or a small community-based organisation providing advocacy as part of holistic support, we would love you to join.
By becoming a member, you will have access to:
- Peer discussion groups;
- Thematic advocacy sessions;
- Our monthly legal digest;
- Regular updates highlighting changes and opportunities of relevance to independence advocates
- Online lectures and seminars; and
- Specialist training (currently in development).
Join the Children and Young People’s Advocates Network
Join our online forum
Article 39’s online forum is a supportive space for members of the Children and Young People’s Advocates Network.
To join this online forum, you must be:
- A practising advocate who works with children and young people (up to age 25 years) in England
- Aged 18 years or over
- A member of our Children and Young People’s Advocates Network (see above)
- Agree to our online forum code of conduct.
Online forum code of conduct
We have created this online space so that advocates can receive and share information easily. We want colleagues to enjoy and benefit from this space. Our aim is for it to be a great place of mutual respect, collaboration and support.
When you are posting, please:
- Be respectful of others who use this site, and to the children and young people whose rights we are protecting
- Use clear language, avoid jargon and acronyms wherever possible and keep on topic
- Do not share identifying information about a child or young person you work with, or have worked with
- Do not use offensive language (this includes, but is not limited to swearing and obscene or vulgar comments)
- Do not break the law (this could include libel, condoning or inciting illegal activity and contempt of court)
- Do not use this site for party political purposes (though critiques of central and local government policy are permitted)
- Do not post personal information such as any addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses or other contact details, which may relate to you or other individuals
- Do not impersonate or falsely claim to be someone else or another organisation
- Only post information from another person or organisation if you have their express permission
- Only post images that you have created, or where copyright is shared, or you have appropriately credited the author/owner
- Do not promote any products, services or publications not relevant to the discussion or advocacy generally
- Do not spam the comments board (spamming is when you resubmit the same or similar comment across the forum lots of times)
You may not post messages that refer to:
- Pornography or sexually explicit content
- Escort and dating services
- Chances to earn money not connected to the work of independent advocacy services
- Gambling services or products
Please do not:
- Share your password or attempt to login using another user’s account
- Try to change or copy any of the settings or software on our system
Article 39 is not responsible for the posting of unacceptable content by members of the online forum. However, we will take prompt action should we become aware of such material.
Breaches of our code of conduct
We do not anticipate this happening but, for everyone’s reassurance, if this policy is not followed Article 39 may suspend or stop a person’s online forum membership.
Changes to the code of conduct
Article 39 may revise this code of conduct from time-to-time, including in response to requests or concerns raised by online forum members. We will make sure members are informed of any changes.
If you have any questions or concerns about the online forum, please contact us at email@example.com.