What is Parent Advocacy? 

The role of the Parent Advocate is to support parents to positively engage with professionals from third sector and statutory organisations to resolve issues that are negatively impacting their family. This service is free and confidential, and aims to empower parents so that they feel part of the solution to achieve positive outcomes for the whole family.

NYAS Cymru uses a rights based approach, enabling parents and carers to exercise choice and control over situations.

What is the Role of a Parent Advocate? 

Advocates work under your instruction to address your needs. They will not offer any advice or take any action without consent. They will not make judgements, offer their own opinions, or make decisions on your behalf.

NYAS Cymru offers a Parent Advocacy service to support parents in resolving issues that are negatively impacting their family. The aim of the service is to help parents engage with services  to better achieve positives outcomes for all the family.

The service is currently only available for parents who reside is Cardiff, Pan Gwent and the Vale.

How Can Parent Advocacy Help?

NYAS Cymru’s Independent Professional Parent Advocates (IPA) can help parent/s to: 

  • Effectively navigate systems including social services/education/health/housing
  • Engage with professionals when children are subject to a plan of support from Social Services including care and support and child protection
  • Meaningfully participate within meetings
  • Understand their rights and entitlements by providing information in an accessible way
  • Make informed choices
  • Express their views and wishes
  • Advocate for themself
  • Access other appropriate sources of support 
  • Understand professional reports, letters and correspondence 
  • To make a complaint about a service when appropriate to do so

You can learn more about the role and impact of Parent Advocacy in our interim report below. This report is also available in Welsh.

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