Parent advocacy is available for parents and carers who live in Cardiff and Pan Gwent and are responsible for children and young people under the age of 25.
Our professional parent advocates helps to bridge the power imbalance between social workers and parents. Supporting parents to engage effectively is in the best interests of the child, parents and everyone involved.
Advocacy is free and confidential.
Advocates work under the instruction of the parent and will not offer any advice or take any action without consent. They will not make judgements, offer their own opinions, or make decisions on behalf of parents.
Parent advocacy can help to:
• Understand information being shared by a range of professionals involved in the child protection and family court
• Meaningfully participate within meetings
• Understand and secure their rights within the process
• Make informed choices
• Have their voice heard by supporting them to express their views and wishes
• Access legal representation when necessary
• Advocate for themselves
In addition to providing 1:1 advocacy support advocates can attend and support within a range of different meetings. These include child protection conferences, core group meetings, family group meetings, care planning meetings, solicitor appointments and court hearings.
Advocates are not support workers, counsellors or befrienders and will not give any legal advice or legal support. A range of self-help resources are available to enable people to have the confidence to advocate for themselves.
Advocates will also signpost parents to other appropriate sources of support and information if needed.
But most of all parent advocacy helps at a time of crisis.