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Topic : Advocacy for fostered children/Young people

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    Steve

    Foster Carers may wish to explore obtaining independent advocacy for the children/YP they foster, especially where they feel the child’s views/feelings are not being heard.

    There are advocacy organisations listed on our useful links tab http://www.fosterline.info/useful-links/

    These advocacy services do not blanket cover the whole of England.

    Within some local authorities advocacy is provided through their children’s rights department.

    It is recommended that, before requesting advocacy, Foster Carers discuss this with their supervising SW.

    Most advocacy organisations will direct the foster carer to an alternative agency/service if they are unable to provide a service

    Jane1

    should foster carers also consult the child’s social worker about this?

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    Christian

    I would have thought the foster carers ssw should take this responsibility on behalf of the foster carer. That way the ssw can do all the chasing as opposed to the foster carer using up valuable time.

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    Steve

    I agree with both Jane and Christian.. it’s always advisable for FCs to discuss requesting advocacy with their SSW 🙂

    Arthur

    It is also advisable to discuss this at the child’s looked after review so that everyone is aware of the child’s needs, also the advocate should be invited to attend the child’s looked after review to lend support for the child to have their voice heard. The Independent Reviewing Officer is responsible for ensuring that the child understands how an advocate could help and support them, they should also explain to the child their entitlement to have an advocate who will endorse on their behalf. Advocacy is an option available to children whenever they want such support, this could be a formal appointment from a specialist organisation or may be an adult already in the child’s support network.

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