The Children and Young Persons Advocate provides a free confidential and independent advocacy service. At the moment we advocate for children and young people who are outwith the looked after scheme or who have or have had mental health issues or a diagnosed learning disability. We received some funding in 2018 from The Mollie Lind Trust to alow us to support children who are not attending school and or who are struggling within school and would benefit from having support to speak up.
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- Sometimes it’s hard to speak up for yourself.
- You get tongue tied and don’t manage to say what you really want to say
- You don’t think that you’re being treated fairly, so do nothing about it as you’re unsure of what you can do.
- You don’t feel that you’re being listened to and treated as an equal.
- You don’t understand what’s happening or what you’re being told.
- You feel left out of the decisions regarding your care, education or support.
- Give you information, advocacy and support to make informed decisions about your life
- Come with you to your Panels, Hearings or Reviews if you feel the need for support, or help you to prepare something for it.
- If you feel that you need to change something, your Advocate will try to help you achieve this as much as they can.
- Help you make a complaint
- Listen to your ideas
- Make sure that people listen to you
- An advocate will help you know your rights
- Is someone who will help you to exercise your rights
- Your advocate can help you tell people involved in your care how you feel and what you want
- Your advocate can speak up for you and your rights
The Children and Young Persons Advocate works from the Advocacy Orkney office at 18 Queen Street in
Call : 01856 870111
We can help you say what YOU really want to say!
At the moment we can only work with children and young people who are ‘looked after’ or who have or have had mental health issues or a diagnosed learning disability. We can offer you support up to the age of 26 if you were the subject of a supervision order when you turned 16.
Unfortunately, we cannot support everyone so we have to direct our services to those children and young people who are :
Looked after by Orkney Islands Council, including young people who live at home with a supervision order, or
- Living with foster carers
- Residing at The Children's Home, or living off-island at residential schools
- Who have a mental health issues, for example, depression or anxiety
- Involved in child protection proceedings e.g. a Children’s Hearing
- Facing adoption
- Living in kinship care ( living with other family members)
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