Cumbria County Council commissions its Advocacy Services for children and young people from the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)
Advocacy is about getting something stopped, started or changed.
It is about empowering children and young people to make sure their rights are respected and their views and wishes are heard and represented to decision makers at all times.
Advocacy Services provide independent and confidential:
Advocates are professionals who have experience of working with children and have undertaken accredited Advocacy training.
A child or young person can have help from an Advocate if they are:
A young person can have help from an Advocate when they feel they are not being listened to about any issue; such as at a CLA Review, at a Child Protection Conference of Review; at a Family Group Conference or if they wish to make a complaint.
Advocates are appointed to help a child or young person by: