Join the Children and Young People’s Advocates Network

The Children and Young People’s Advocates Network is for independent advocates working with children and young people in England.

Our two joining forms for the Network and the online forum are below. You must be a member of the Network to access our online forum.

Our online forum
Please consider becoming a member of our online forum, which is open to independent advocates aged 18 years and over. There is a separate joining form for that below.

Once you have joined, you can login and message other advocates here.

Independent advocates help individual children and young people to express themselves, make and influence decisions affecting them and bring about positive change. They empower children and young people to ensure their rights are respected and their views and wishes are heard at all times.

The Network is coordinated by Article 39, which fights for the rights of children and young people living in institutional settings. We are a registered charity no. 1166092.

The purpose of the Network is to uphold the legal and human rights of children and young people in England through promoting and supporting excellent advocacy.

If you are an independent advocate working with children and young people in England, we hope you will join us.

  • Help the Network grow into a thriving advocates’ community which offers peer support and advice and co-ordinates regional and specialist practice groups;
  • Join our online forum to connect with other advocates, keep up-to-date with national developments in law, policy and practice and share ideas and solutions to advocacy challenges;
  • Hear about and have the opportunity to be part of Article 39’s children’s rights campaigns;
  • Help Article 39 develop great training courses, connect advocates with specialist lawyers and raise awareness of the unique value of independent advocacy.

The Network is free to join.

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)

Unacceptable content 

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 will remove posts which are not consistent with this code of conduct. We will endeavour to do this promptly.

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

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