Government consultation on advocacy standards (deadline 18 December 2023)
We have written an easier-read version of the draft advocacy standards currently subject to consultation, which you can find here. Our summary of key changes between the original standards (issued 2002), and the draft new standards (2023) is here.
Helping children and young people to access independent legal advice is a critical part of effective advocacy services. Getting help from a lawyer can ensure children and young people receive what they are legally entitled to; it can challenge inaction and unwelcome decisions of public authorities (such as refusals to provide a service or delays in fulfilling duties); and lead to compensation for rights breaches.
The current legal framework does not guarantee access to independent advocacy support to every child or young person in England who may need it. Here we set out the rights of children and young people to access help from an independent advocate in a variety of situations.
Here we set out the key primary and secondary legislation, and government guidance, which will assist independent advocates and children’s rights officers to defend children’s rights effectively.
Our ‘law maps’ offer bite-sized, accessible information about the law in the context of specific situations that children and young people seek help with.
Our advocacy clinics bring together children and young people’s advocates from across England and legal experts to increase professional knowledge, confidence and skills. By analysing real-life advocacy scenarios, we help independent advocates challenge rights’ breaches and protect children and young people’s rights even more effectively.
Learn more about the cornerstone of our child protection and welfare system, including what duties it places on local authorities and what rights it gives to children and young people. Here you’ll find a small selection of guides developed with advocates in mind and addressing topics such as seeing and spending time with family, making representations (including complaints) under the Children Act 1989 procedure, and making sure children’s wishes and feelings are taken seriously.
Our ‘Protecting children’s rights through the law’ guide breaks down the current legal framework in England to help advocates understand and use the law in their practice.
Here you’ll find our accessible guide to the Equality Act 2010 developed specifically with independent advocates in mind.
Seminar recording and useful links for advocates supporting children and young people who may need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
In this series, we speak with members of the Children and Young People’s Advocates Network to learn more about independent advocacy for children and young people up and down the country.
- Advocacy for children. Children and young people’s advocacy in England
Children’s Commissioner for England, June 2019
- Special Educational Needs Provision in England. Noddy ‘no-nonsense’ Guide to SEN law
David Wolfe QC, Matrix, Leon Glenister, Landmark, February 2022
- Mental health advocacy & human rights. Your guide
British Institute of Human Rights
- Independent advocacy in child protection. Guidance for policy makers
Carolyne Willow (part of Involved by Right project funded by Daphne III programme of the EU), February 2013