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Children's advocacy

This guide is for anyone who advocates for a child or young person.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is about supporting a child to express their own needs and views and to make informed decisions on matters which influence their lives. Advocates do not make choices for children. Instead, they support children and young people to make their own choices.

Advocacy will most often be required where a child is engaging with a service (e.g. health, education, police, social work etc.)

A guide to children's advocacy

  • Systems

    Systems for supporting children

  • Right to be heard

    A list of domestic laws which promote and protect a child’s right to be heard

  • Explaining advocacy

    An example of a tool for explaining advocacy to children and young people