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The Children and Young Persons Advocate provides a free confidential and independent advocacy service. At the moment we can only advocate for children and young people who are or have been ‘looked after’ or who have or have had mental health issues or a diagnosed learning disability.

 

Do I need an Advocate?

What can an Advocate do?

How can an Advocate help me?

Where can I find an Advocate?

Who is it for?

Where else can I get support or information?

How do I refer a child or young person? 

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Do I need an Advocate?

 

  • Sometimes it’s hard to speak up for yourself.
  • You get tongue tied and don’t manage  to say what you REALLY want to say
  • You don’t think that you’re being treated fairly, so do nothing about it as you’re unsure of what you can do.
  • You don’t feel that you’re being listened to and treated as an equal.
  • You don’t understand what’s happening or what you’re being told.
  • You feel left out of the decisions regarding your care.

 

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What can an Advocate do? Well we can...

 

  • Give you information, advocacy and support to make informed decisions about your care
  • Come with you to your Panels or reviews if you feel the need for support, or help you to prepare something for it.
  • If you feel that you need to change something, your Advocate will try to help you achieve this as much as they can.
  • Help you make a complaint
  • Listen to your ideas
  • Make sure that people listen to you

 

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 How can an Advocate help me?

 

  • An advocate will help you know your rights
  • Is someone who will help you to exercise your rights
  • Your advocate can help you tell people involved in your care how you feel and what you want
  • Your advocate can speak up for you and your rights!

 

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Where can I find an Advocate?

 

The Children and Young Persons Advocate works from the Advocacy Orkney office at 46 Victoria Street in Kirkwall but can arrange to meet with you somewhere else if you don’t want to come to  the office. Of course you don’t have to meet anyone at all to start with, instead try calling or send a text to:

 

Call : 01856 870111

Email: info@advocacyorkney.org

 

We can help you say what YOU really want to say! 

 

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Who is it for?

 

At the moment we can only work with children and young people who are ‘looked after’ or who have or have had mental health issues or a diagnosed learning disability. We can offer you support up to the age of 26 if you were subject of a supervision order when you turned 16.

 

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Looked After/ Mental Health/Learning Disability

 

Unfortunately, we cannot support everyone so we have to direct our services to those children and young people who are :

 

Looked after by Orkney Islands Council, including young people who live at home with a supervision order, or

  • Living with foster carers, or other family members
  • Residing at The Children's Home, or living off-island at residential schools,
  • Who have a mental health issues, for example, depression or anxiety
  • Involved in child protection proceedings e.g. a Children’s Hearing

  

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Where else can I get support and information?

 

Please click on the following links;

 

Scottish Child Law Centre

 

Who Cares? Scotland