Advocacy & Independent Visiting
Advocacy means having someone to help you deal with some of life’s difficult times; it means getting your views heard when decisions are being made about your life! An advocate can help you decide what you want to happen, and how you can make your views clear to adults so that they recognise your wishes and feelings. Advocates are trained to know the law, and to be able to talk with you sensitively and honestly. Advocates are independent people, who are not employed by any Health or Social Care services.
If you aren’t happy with your experience of any Health or Social Care service and you want to make a complaint about it, you can refer yourself to one of two local advocacy services:
- If you are under 18yrs, call NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service) on 0808 808 1001 or email them at email@example.com
- If you have special educational needs or a disability and you are 16-25yrs, or you are the parent of such a young person, call DIAS (Devon Information, Advice & Support) 01392 383080
Also, advocacy is available for some other specific groups of children and young people.
NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service) can offer advocacy support
- If you are involved in a Child Protection process and are aged 4-18yrs,
- If you are in Care or a Care-leaver (up to 21yrs),
- If you are privately fostered,
- If you are adopted and you are experiencing difficulties with your adoptive family,
- If you are placed in the Atkinson Secure Unit in Exeter.
In any of these cases call NYAS on 0808 808 1001, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your Social Worker to make a referral to NYAS for you.
- If you are a young person with special educational needs or a disability
- If you are in the process of moving from Children’s to Adults services,
- If you are the parent or carer of someone who is in such a situation.
You can call them on 01392 383080 or email email@example.com or ask your Social Worker to make a referral to DAC for you. www.devonias.org.uk