Children’s Advocacy

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An Advocate is an independent adult who helps a child or a young person to have their opinions, views and feeling heard by adults that make decisions about them.

What does an advocate do?

An advocate:

  • is an independent adult who supports children and young people to have their voice heard or represent their views for them in meetings where decisions are made about them
  • helps children and young people to understand their rights
  • enables children and young people to make a complaint if they are not happy about something
  • ensures that a child or young person’s views and feelings are heard and that they are fully involved in decisions about their lives
  • helps children or young person to understand the process that is happening


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