WHO CAN JOIN:
You can join our Network if you:
- Currently provide advocacy to individual children and young people (0-25 years old) in England in any setting or manage a team of advocates (i.e., provide direct supervision); AND
- Identify with the goals and ethos of advocacy as set out below.
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.
Whether you work for a large, advocacy-only service or a small community-based organisation providing advocacy as part of holistic support, you are welcome to join our community.
To apply to join the Network, please fill in the form below. A member of the Article 39 team will be in touch within 5 working days to confirm your membership or, if you don’t meet our membership criteria, let you know other ways of getting involved in our work.