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 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:
- Specialist training and resources for advocates;
- Thematic lectures and seminars;
- Peer discussion groups;
- Our monthly children’s rights legal digest and a quarterly Network e-newsletter;
- Regular updates highlighting changes and opportunities of relevance to your work;
- Opportunities to influence national-level law and policy.
If you are a member of our Network and looking for children’s rights information to help you advocate for a child or young person in England, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: if you contact us about a child in care, it always helps if you say whether they are the subject of a care order, or they are accommodated under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989.
Join the Children and Young People’s Advocates Network