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Children's Commissioner calls for better advocacy services

The Children's Commissioner, Maggie Atkinson, is supporting the development of a blueprint for advocacy services that will enable vulnerable children to access support to allow them to have more of a say in decisions that will affect their lives.


The Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC), together with Voice, recently carried out a study to get a better understanding of the level of advocacy provision in England. The study ‘Where is my advocate?', was also supported by the National Children's Advocacy Consortium (NCAC).


The study found that:


  • access to advocacy services for children is a postcode lottery, and
  • there is no national strategy to ensure that children's entitlements are consistently met.


Lynn Breckenridge, the interim Chief Executive at Voice, said:


"Children in care of the state and those who require support should have full access to high quality, independent advocacy and there is a need for an England-wide advocacy strategy to support this. The findings in this report can now be taken forward to develop proposals for the commissioning, funding and quality assurance of advocacy provision and for a national strategy which will enable vulnerable children and young people to access reliable advocacy services."