NYAS is a national children’s charity, based in Birkenhead, Merseyside.
NYAS provides advocacy and legal representation to children and vulnerable adults when important decisions are being made about them. The children and young people NYAS work with might be in care, have a disability or special needs, be subject to child protection plans, have mental health difficulties or their parents might be separating.
In the 1970’s a local solicitor working at the Vauxhall Law Centre approached NYAS founder Judith Timms (a social worker) to represent a family of five siblings in care proceedings. The solicitor felt at a loss as to how he could represent the wishes of each of the children and decided he wanted to find someone who was independent of the courts and local authority who could work with the children to establish their wishes.
This push to ensure the separate representation for children in care related proceedings was the first stage in the independent representation of children and young people and the charity was born.
Today, NYAS offers a variety of services including:
NYAS has a network of 170 staff, 300 volunteers and 350 self-employed advocates in the country. Fifty nine members of staff are based in NYAS’ head office in Birkenhead.
Over the last 12 months alone, NYAS has supported more than 9000 children and young people through its advocacy service. The charity provides advocacy services in 59 local authorities, has acted on 115 reportable safeguarding concerns and matched 379 vulnerable children and young people with an independent visitor.