To get in touch with an advocate, phone 0300 3658 300

What can an Advocate help me with?

If you are a child or a young person in care, or if you are a care leaver, an Advocate can:
  • Help you to express your views and wishes to ensure they have been heard and taken into account by people who make decisions that affect you
  • Help you to understand the decisions that have been made about you
  • Speak on your behalf if you are unhappy about the way you are being treated by social services or you are worried about plans being made, such as a move.
  • Accompany you at meetings and reviews
    Help you to understand your rights.
You can ask for an Advocate if you are a child or young person aged 7 years or over in Wiltshire and:
  • You need to make your views heard at a Child Protection Conference
  • You are looked-after
  • You are a care leaver
  • You are in private foster care
  • You have a disability and are accessing overnight short breaks in Wiltshire
  • You are in receipt of social care services or health services and wish to make a complaint or a representation
“I found that having an advocate gave me the confidence to speak out and say what I think.”

How can I contact an advocate?

You can get in touch with an advocate by phoning 0300 3658 300 or by clicking here to send an email to us.

MOMO 

MOMO is an app that helps young people express their views, get more involved in meetings and make better decisions with their social care team.

Information for Professionals, Parents and Carers

The Wiltshire Children’s Advocacy Service is available to the following groups:
  • Child Protection Conferences: Referrals can be made by the Conference and Reviewing Service at the point when the child protection conference is convened, with the consent of the child / young person.
  • Looked after children, young people and care leavers: The Social Worker, Conference and Reviewing Officer, parent/carer or child/young person themselves can directly refer to the Advocacy Service for any looked after child/young person aged 7 years and over. This includes issue based advocacy such as LAC reviews, placement disruptions, quality issues in placement, safeguarding, accessing care leaver services and other issue or needs based advocacy.
  • Privately fostered CIN children and young people (Children in Need): The Social Worker, parent/carer or child/young person themselves can directly refer to the Advocacy Service for any looked after child/young person aged 7 years and over
  • Children and young people with disabilities – specifically for children and young people accessing overnight short breaks in Wiltshire: Referrals can be made by providers of short breaks and staff including SEND, parents, carers and from other agencies. Children and young people may also self-refer to the service (with support from the Advocate as required).
  • Children and young people who are seeking to make a complaint: Any professional working with a child/young person aged 7 years and over seeking to make a complaint in Wiltshire can make a referral, or the child/young person themselves can directly refer to the Advocacy Service.

Referrals

Referrals can be made by calling 0300 3658 300 or by downloading a referral form for secure submission through Egress Switch.