However, sometimes it may be necessary to have someone help you to do this who is completely separate from your family and the professionals involved in making decisions about your life. This is called independent advocacy.
An independent advocate can:
- Stand up for you
- Go to meetings with you to help you have your say
- Help you to make a complaint
- Explain things to you
- Make sure your views are listened to
- Make sure you are fully involved in decisions being made about your life
For independent advocates provided in Suffolk check out:
Advocacy is provided by Voiceability who are part of Total Voice Suffolk - They offer 1-1 support provided by a qualified Advocate for children & young people (0–25 years) in care, care leavers and those wishing to make a complaint, to help them resolve a particular problem or concern they have. Use the contact details below or speak to your social worker to get in touch with an independent advocate.
Contact details – Tel: 0300 303 1660 Email: info@totalvoicesuffolk (please see attached info sheet).
For more information and referral, visit: https://www.totalvoicesuffolk.org/advocacy-types/looked-after-childrens-advocacy/
Get the advocacy app
Download the National Youth Advocacy Service app, which has lots of info and advice on being in care and understanding your rights. Download the app for free:
Download from Google Play store
Download from the Apple store