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Manchester children’s rights service

“I have found that having an advocate has made my life easier because it has enabled me to get my personal views across without having to tell other people about them. My advocate is lovely, supportive and is really kind. She has helped me in so many ways and I liked her from the very start. I also think the charity she is with Coram Voice is great as you get many opportunities to do lots of fun activities. And I think the best thing about having an advocate is that you know you can always trust them.”

Services provided in Manchester

Manchester City Council has contracted Coram Voice to provide them with a Children’s Rights Service, which has two distinct parts: Advocacy and Independent Visiting.

Advocacy

We offer an advocacy service to all children in care and to those children who are subject to Child Protection Procedures.

Advocates are champions of children’s rights and will ensure that the wishes and feelings of each child we work with are at the forefront of any decisions affecting their lives.
We have skilled advocates who are trained to help children and young people express their views.  This could be when they:
•    Want support at reviews and other meetings.
•    Disagree about plans being made.
•    Have concerns about their care.
•    Need to make a complaint.
The advocacy service is about empowering children and young people to ensure their views are heard and acted upon by decision makers and to help children and young people to navigate and negotiate the child care system.

For more information, please call 0161 226 0116 or email manchester@coramvoice.org.uk