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What Is Advocacy & What Does Being An Advocate Involve

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What Is Advocacy & What Does Being An Advocate Involve

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.

What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is a process where an independent adult supports children and young people to, have their voice heard or represent their views for them in meetings where decisions are made about them, help them to understand their rights, enable them to make a complaint if they are not happy about something and ensure their views and feelings are heard and that they are fully involved in decisions about their lives

What is an Advocate?
 An advocate is an independent person who will provide support to children and young people in the London Borough of Sutton to help them understand their rights and have their voice heard in relation to future plans that are made about them. MAPS advocates work with children & young people aged 8+ who are involved in the child protection process or who are looked after by the local authority.  All advocates have a DBS check, are interviewed and receive training.

When does Advocacy Happen?
Advocacy meetings take place Monday to Friday within office hours. Volunteer advocates would need to have some availability during these times.

To find out more about how to become an advocate and what’s involved contact the MAPS Advocacy team on 020 8661 5900 or email us at advocacy@vcsutton.org.uk

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