Children & Young Person’s Advocacy (CYP):

Works with CYP when children’s social care is involved in their life

Stands up for CYP’s rights

Empowers CYP to have their voices heard

Is led by the individual child or young person

Is independent from other organisations

Is a confidential service

Safeguards CYP and protects them from abuse and poor practice

Rights and Entitlements

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

There’s lots of legislation, regulation and guidance that tells children in care and care leavers what rights and entitlements they have because they are, or have been, looked after children.

Some are general promises about what children in care and care leavers can expect from everyone involved in looking after them such as their right to be listened to and have their wishes and feelings taken into account when decisions are made about them.

Blackpool Children & Young Person’s Advocacy is committed to ensuring that children and young people are encouraged and supported to express their views, wishes and feelings and have their rights respected, protected and represented in all matters which affect them.

Blackpool Children & Young Person’s Advocacy services are formulated around the child-centred principles set out in the Children Act 1989 and in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), in particular Article 12, which is all about the right for children to be heard and involved in decisions that are made about them.

The UNCRC is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Covering all aspects of a child’s life, it makes clear that every child has rights, irrespective of their status.

Children and young people – Article 12

When a decision is made that impacts you, it’s important that your thoughts and opinions on the matter are taken seriously, no matter how old you are. Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child means that your views, wishes and feelings should be listened to and taken seriously when a decision is being made that affects you.

If you feel like your views, feeling and wishes aren’t being taken seriously or listened to, it might be a good idea to speak to someone about your situation.

An independent advocate will always be on your side and won’t judge you or tell you what to do.

If you would like more information about this right and other entitlements you have, please call one of our CYP advocates on 0300 323 0251 or email bcypa@blackpooladvocacyhub.org.uk for confidential help and support.

Testimonials

Having a Children & Young Person’s Advocate is important to me because…

What Children & Young Person’s Advocates do

They help CYP be heard in relation to their views, wishes and feelings regarding decisions that are being made about them.

They help to secure their rights.

They support them to speak up for themselves.

They represent them during meetings and provide them with information that will help them make choices about their lives (CP Conferences, CP Reviews, Core Group Meetings, Children/Young Person In Need Meetings, Children/Young Person Care Reviews & Strategy Meetings).

They support those who may want to make a complaint regarding the service they have received from local authority.

 

What CYP advocates can’t do

They can’t make decisions for Children & Young People.

They can’t attend meetings without their permission.

They can’t give legal advice.

They can’t provide an emergency support service.

You are eligible if…

  • You are aged 0-18
  • You are aged 16-25 and a care leaver
  • You have a Blackpool Social Worker
  • You feel you are not listened to

Children & Young Person’s Advocacy Team

Sam Harrison

Independent Children & Young Person’s Advocate

Amanda Reddy

Independent Children & Young Person’s Advocate

Kayleigh Bland

Youth Engagement Apprentice

Freya Williams

Independent Children & Young Person’s Advocate

To find additional local support please Phone: 0300 32 30 251
or Email: bcypa@blackpooladvocacyhub.org.uk

Alternatively Text 60777 starting the message with DMFCQ followed by your message.