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What is Advocacy and who are Advocates?

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What is Advocacy and who are Advocates?

An Advocate is an independent adult who will help a young person to have their opinions and views heard by the people that make decisions about them, and ensure that these are taken seriously. An advocate will also help a young person understand their rights.

Volunteer Centre Sutton provides an independent Advocacy service for looked after children, care leavers, and children on a child protection plan. Referrals must be for these young people only.

Young people can refer themselves for an advocate, or young people can be referred by family members or professionals. All young people referred for Advocacy must be aged 8 and over.

Advocacy is:
*Led by young people
*A confidential service
*Supporting young people to have their voice heard at conference or meetings where decisions are made about them
*Enabling young people to work towards solutions to issues

If you need an Advocate or want to make a referral contact the Volunteer Centre Sutton: advocacy@vcsutton.org.uk or 020 8661 5900 and ask for the Advocacy Team.

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