How Does Parent Advocacy Work?
Advocacy is free and confidential
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.
The aim of advocacy is to empower parents so 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.
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.
Still Have Questions?
If you have further questions about parent advocacy, or any of NYAS' support services, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.