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Advocate Key Topics

Advocate Key Topics

What Is An Advocate

An advocate is someone who will support you to make sure that your views and rights are respected, that you are treated fairly, your concerns are taken into account and you have real control over the big decisions in your life. They can help you speak up at meetings, deal with difficult issues and help understand important decisions that are being made. They are professionally trained, fair and impartial, and the service is completely confidential and independent of the local authority.

How Can i get Advocacy as a looked after child?

depending on your location you can get advocacy by viewing one of the following sites:

  • Kent
  • Essex
  • Birmingham
  • Not on the list yet? Search your local authorities name and advocate to locate your local advocates 

what can my advocate do?

  • listen to your views and concerns
  • help you explore your options and rights
  • provide information to help you make informed decisions.
  • help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf
  • accompany you and support you in meetings or appointments.
  • help you to feel heard.

can only looked after children get advocacy

no, you can get advocacy for many things like:

  • Health Care (medical, Mental health)
  • Social Care (Fostering, Adoption, Residential and Secure homes, retirement, end of life care and much more)

Things To Know If you want to become an advocate.

Advocacy is an important part of life for everyone. It helps people in need, whether that’s by helping others or advocating for yourself. Advocates often use skills like listening, empathy, and problem solving to help others.

To be a good advocate, you need to take risks.

Advocacy isn’t just about speaking out against injustice; it’s also about being willing to take risks. This means standing up for what you believe in even when it might not seem safe. It also means taking actions that will put yourself at risk. For example, if you’re advocating for a policy change, you’ll probably need to write letters, attend meetings, and talk with other people. If you’re advocating for a cause, you’ll likely need to do research, organize events, and raise money.

You Need to know what your Advocating for

Advocacy is a process where people who care about something (or someone) speak up for that thing or person. Advocates work to make sure their voices are heard and their needs met. They also help others understand why those things matter. Advocacy is often used as a strategy to address social issues, such as poverty, discrimination, and environmental concerns. It’s also used to promote policies and laws that protect human rights.

How Can I Help Others Succeed?

Advocacy is a powerful force. People who are advocates often make significant contributions to society. They are leaders. They are role models. They inspire others to follow their lead.

6 Reasons to become an advocate

There are many reasons why you should become an advocate. Here are just a few:
1) You will feel good when you help others.
2) You will learn new things.
3) You will make a difference in the world.
4) You will build relationships.
5) You will gain confidence.
6) You will develop skills.

Do You Know Your Rights as a looked after child?

Check out our handy resource page to make sure your up to knowledge on your Child Law

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