Advocating on Behalf of Children and Young People (Level 3)

Written by NYAS and accredited by the Open College Network, this course is for people who are interested in the role of the 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, focusing 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:

The course leads to a level 3 qualification, roughly equivalent to an A Level (NVQ3). Therefore, learners will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate depth of knowledge and understanding.

Course Delivery

The award is worth six credits, which means that learners will be expected to undertake roughly 60 hours of study to achieve the qualification. This includes both the live training event, as well as time spent evidencing achievement against the learning objectives. Most people take an average of four weeks to complete the course, after which their work is submitted for verification and accreditation by the awarding body.

A named tutor-assessor will support learners throughout the assessment process, with one-to-one mentoring and guidance available to all individuals for the full accreditation period. Learners will also have the opportunity to attend a live support webinar; and they will receive additional, printable study resources to support them in their ongoing professional development as an advocate.

Live training event
As part of the course, learners will attend a live training event – currently being delivered as three half-day online sessions. During the sessions, learners take part in a range of activities, in which they are expected to reflect critically on their existing knowledge and beliefs, to take part in group discussions and role plays, and to apply their understanding to specific case studies.
Assessment requirements
Learners will need to meet all of the learning objectives to achieve the accreditation. This will be demonstrated using a range of methods. Alongside the activities from the live sessions, learners will also be expected to undertake written tasks, participate in professional discussion and obtain an expert witness testimony. Additional information about these elements will be provided during the training event.


Upcoming Dates

February 2021

Date: 8th-10th February 2021, 9.30am-12.30pm

Location: Online

Price: £650 +VAT

Please note that the support webinar for this training will take place on 18th February 2021.

March 2021

Date: 2nd-4th March 2021, 9.30am-12.30pm

Location: Online

Price: £650 +VAT

Please note that the support webinar for this training will take place on 11th March 2021.

April 2021

Date: 19th-21st April 2021, 9.30am-12.30pm

Location: Online

Price: £650 +VAT

Please note that the support webinar for this training will take place on 5th May 2021.

For more information about the booking and payment process, please visit our FAQ page.

If you are interested in bespoke training for your organisation, please contact the NYAS Learning and Development team at training@nyas.net