Information shared includes an explanation of advocacy, what it can and cannot do, and how it is based on the child/young person’s views, wishes and feelings and not their best interests.
An advocate will also let children and young people know about the wider networks of support available. You can learn more about our advocacy services in Wales with our Young Person's Advocacy Guide below. This document is also available in Welsh
How Can Advocacy Help?
An advocate can help children and young people with a range of issues. This could include where they live, seeing family and leaving care arrangements. Advocates can also provide support to children and young people in meetings by representing them or accompanying them. They can also help them to make a complaint if they are not happy with the care they are receiving.
Advocates are independent of children’s services and are always on the side of the child or young person.
In Wales, we work to the Independent Professional Advocacy National Standards and Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People in Wales from Welsh Government:
Thank you for all your support. It really helped me at a very difficult time. I feel my advocate was a great listener to all my worries and concerns, she was not judgemental and was very understanding and made things happen.
Alex, Young Person
Who is Eligible for an Active Offer of Advocacy?
We support children and young people who are living in the care of the local authority or care leavers up to the age of 25 years old. We also support children when a Special Guardianship Order is in force, or if a child or young person has been adopted.
NYAS Cymru also provides an independent advocacy service for children and young people who live in Caerphilly or Blaenau Gwent who are not involved with children’s services.
How Can I Get NYAS Cymru's Help?
Children and young people will be given the opportunity to speak with an advocate from NYAS Cymru who will explain how we can help and provide them with information about their rights.
There are three different organisations who provide advocacy services in Wales. This includes NYAS Cymru. Where a young person lives, and whether they have a social worker will determine which organisation provides their advocacy.
To find out more about your local advocacy provider, including how to refer yourself or someone else, please contact our helpline.