Advocacy is about speaking up for children and young people. Advocacy is about empowering children and young people to make sure that their rights are respected and their views and wishes are heard at all times. Advocacy is about representing the views, wishes and needs of children and young people to decision-makers, and helping them to navigate the system.’ – National Standards for the Provision of Children’s Advocacy Services

NYAS are working together in partnership with the National Children’s Advocacy Consortium and the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (NAIRO), on a national campaign to strengthen children and young people’s advocacy services.

The key elements of the Advocates4U campaign, coordinated by Article 39, are to influence the government and commissioners of children’s services to make the following happen:

If you are an advocacy supporter organisation please Join the campaign here 

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Moving Forward

(NYAS) welcomed the recommendations set out in a report from the Children’s Commissioner for England, (released June 2019) which found that a significant group of children are still being denied access to advocacy, despite having a statutory entitlement to it.

The “Advocacy for Children” report received evidence from the National Children’s Advocacy Consortium, which is co-chaired by NYAS, and also recognised NYAS for providing valuable research to inform its findings.

NYAS continues to work with partners to revise the national advocacy standards so they properly reflect current law and policy, and the challenges faced by children and young people and their advocates today. The new standards can then be used by the Department for Education as the basis for a full public consultation. Children and young people must be at the heart of this consultation, in keeping with the purpose and values of advocacy.

Progress Report

Advocates4U campaign has today (18/6/20) launched a progress report on children and young people’s advocacy services. The report charts the national and local developments made since June 2019 around ensuring children and young people’s access to high-quality independent advocacy services. Read the full report here.

Advocacy support

NYAS advocates are independent: they do not work for the local authority.
Our advocates listen to what children and young people want, inform them of their rights and empower them to get their voice heard. We are on the side of the young person.
If you are you in care, a care leaver, or a professional seeking supporting on behalf of someone and you are looking for help and advice.

We can help… Please contact our friendly freephone helpline on 0800 808 1001 or email main@nyas.net.