An advocate is an independent person who can offer one-to-one support to children and young people. Advocates can speak for the young person, give advice, make them aware of their rights, listen to them and represent their views, wishes and feelings. Their aim is to empower a young person by supporting them to have their say.
A child or young person can get the assistance of an advocate if they:
- are in care
- are a care leaver
- have a disability and receive help from a social worker
- are going to a child protection conference
- want to make a complaint about West Sussex Children’s Services.
If you are a young person who would like to request advocacy or a professional wanting to refer a young person for advocacy you can complete our online form.
You can find out more about advocacy on Your Space, our site for young people.