Having an advocate

What is an advocate?

An advocate is there for you, and there to help you express your views and opinions. An advocate will make sure you're listened to and that your right to be heard is respected.An advocate can also help you understand what your rights are, and how they can be used to help you. Advocates are confidential, and won't talk to your social worker, foster carers or any other workers without asking your permission (unless you are putting yourself or someone else in danger).

Advocates can help you to:

  • Work out what you want to say
  • Communicate your views, wishes and feelings
  • Get adults to listen and understand you better
  • Speak for you if you prefer
  • Understand your rights and get them respected
  • Get unbiased information about what you want to know
  • Complain about a service or the way you have been treated 

If you would like an advocate to help you, contact the Speak Up Service by calling 07769725174 or you can also use our online contact form.