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What is an Advocate?

An advocate is an independent person who provides support to children and young people who are looked after or care leavers, assisting them to express their views, wishes and feelings. They will listen to you and help you to understand your rights. They will enable you to explore your choices and options, help you to make informed decisions and make sure that your voice is heard.

An advocate can support you to participate in decisions and processes that involve you.

Issues that an advocate could support you with:

  • Reviews and multi-agency meetings
  • Transition from children’s services in adulthood
  • Leaving care
  • Problems with placement
  • Problems with contact arrangements
  • Access to complaints

Who can have an Advocate?

If you are a child looked after or care leaver from Wirral, you can request an advocate up to the age of 24. You can have an advocate if you are placed out of borough or are in secure accommodation.

Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) Joe Gormley answers your questions about what happens before, during and after a Safeguarding Conference.