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Duration

42 guided learning hours / Completion in 8 weeks

Price

£650 + VAT

Written by NYAS and accredited by the Open College Network, this course is for people who are interested in the role of Independent Advocate. The aim of the course is to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to advocate effectively for children and young people in the care system.

The course is recommended for those who currently work in, or are working towards, the professional role of an independent advocate.

Independent Advocacy Explained

According to government guidelines and legislation, children and young people in care settings have a statutory right to access the support of an independent advocate. The role of the independent advocate is to help children and young people to navigate the care system, understand their rights and entitlements and, if necessary, support them to have a voice and challenge actions and decisions made about their lives.

Independent advocacy is issue-based and child-led, focused on ensuring that the wishes and feelings of children and young people are taken into account in the decision-making process.

Course Content

Upon completion of this training, learners will:

  • Understand the key principles of independent advocacy – including independence, confidentiality, the rebalance of power, and the importance of being child-led
  • Know how the independent advocacy model is different to other forms of advocacy
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the independent advocate in varied settings
  • Understand the different stages of the advocacy process
  • Recognise the challenges and dilemmas surrounding the provision of advocacy services
  • Be familiar with the legislative framework relevant to advocacy and children’s rights
  • Be able to maintain safe working practices throughout the advocacy relationship
  • Understand the critical role of confidentiality within the advocacy relationship

The course leads to a level 3 qualification, roughly equivalent to one-sixth of an A Level (NVQ3). Therefore, learners will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate depth of knowledge and understanding. For more information about qualification levels and credits, please visit the OCN website.

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19th-21st July 2022

9:30am-12:45pm

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16th– 18th August 2022

9:30am-12:45pm

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13th– 15th September 2022

9:30am-12:45pm

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18th-20th October

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15th-17th November

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13th-15th December

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