What is advocacy?

Advocacy is about helping you to speak out about what is important to you. You have the right to have your say and be listened to when decisions are being made about you.

How can an advocate help?

If you are a child or young person who is unhappy about decisions being made about you and you need someone to talk to who is not your social worker or key worker, you can speak to an independent advocate.

You can contact an advocate for lots of different reasons, for example, about:

  • Where you live
  • Seeing family
  • Your education
  • Feeling safe
  • Information for children and young people

What does an advocate do?

An advocate is someone that can help you to get your voice heard. They are completely separate from Children’s Services and work for you. Advocates will listen to you and help you to put your views and wishes across.

What an advocate can do:

  • Give you information and advice so you understand your rights
  • Speak to those who are making decisions about you (like social workers), to help make sure that you are involved in any plans being made about you.
  • Make sure you understand what people are saying
  • Help you to make a complaint

How do I get an advocate?

Call Coram Voice FREE on 0808 800 5792 or email

The helpline is open every weekday from 9.30am – 6.00pm, with an answerphone at other times that is checked regularly.

An adult on behalf of a young person can also use the Advocacy Service Referral Form.

What we will promise?

Confidential: We will not tell other people anything you have said without your permission, u less we are worried about your safety or the safety of another person.

Independent: Coram Voice advocates are independent and here just for you. We do not work for your social worker or the place where you live.

Can I contact you if English is not my first language?

Yes! We use an interpreting service so that we can communicate with you, no matter what language you speak. If you need this leaflet translating into a different language, please contact Coram Voice on 0808 800 5792.

Can I contact you if I have a disability?

Yes! We can explore the best way to work with you, which may include non-instructed advocacy.