In Surrey children and young people can access advocacy.
Coram Voice has been commissioned to provide Surrey’s new Independent Advocacy Service and launched the service on 1 April 2020. Coram Voice is a charity that specialises in empowering children and young people in and on the edges of the care system.
They are providing the Independent Advocacy Service for:
- Children in care
- Care leavers
- Children who have a child protection plan
- Any young person over 16 with an EHCP, with a focus on the support they should be receiving from Children’s Social Care
- Children under the age of 16 with an EHCP, where they do not have a capable adult/ parent or carer to advocate on their behalf, or if they have English as an additional language
- Advocacy for young people with a disability or EHCP regarding their transition to adult life e.g. requests for a transition assessment in accordance with the Care Act
Coram Voice advocates will support children and young people who want to have greater participation in the decisions made about their future. They will ensure young people are aware of their rights and how to speak up about the things that they feel strongly about. Their advocates will provide children and young people with independent support that ensures that their voices are heard.
For more information, you can download the Coram Voice flyer.