Advocacy for Young People in Residential Homes & Schools
“The advocate always listens to my wishes and views”
“It is very easy to get in touch with my advocate”
Coram Voice provides visiting advocacy services to support children and young people who live in residential schools and homes by making sure their views and concerns are heard and respected.
Looked after children have only a limited right to independent advocacy and often only the most confident and able access it. This means they frequently rely on adults involved with their care to access advocacy. Access to an advocacy service may be further hindered by factors such as the young person’s age, disability, and communication method, or lack of confidence or isolation.
Coram Voice provides a visiting advocacy service to a number of children's homes across England. The aim of this service is to empower the children and young people living in these children's homes by developing their understanding of their rights and ensuring that these rights are being met and reach the children who cannot reach out.
Arrangements are made so that any young person can see the visiting advocate in private if they wish. Discussions between a young person and the visiting advocate are confidential.
The advocate visits the children's home regularly, normally every two weeks, and through these regular visits builds a trusting relationship with the children and young people living there. Our advocates are independent from the home and Children's Services and can support the children and young people in resolving any difficulties they may be experiencing either at the home or with Children's Services, quickly and effectively.
Coram Voice makes sure that looked after young people know that they have the right to talk to an advocate who is totally independent of care providers. Some children and young people may not have heard of an advocate so Coram Voice explains what an advocate is and how and when an advocate can help:
- When children are not happy about arrangements to see people who are important to them
- When children are not happy with their care plan
- When they are told to move from where they live and they don’t want to
- To make a complaint
For more information about our visiting advocacy service, please contact Pauline Robins (Midlands Service Manager) on 020 7833 5792.