Your Advocate at The Croft

An advocate is someone you can talk to who will speak up for you and help you to speak for yourself.

Our advocate visits The Croft on a regular basis, usually on Wednesdays. Their job is to listen to children and their parents if they have a problem or worries about being at The Croft. They will also help in any way they can when you go back home or back to school.

The advocate's job is to support you to help you express your feelings and views and to make sure that adults listen to what you have to say. When you leave The Croft, a discharge meeting is held where your parents or carers, teachers and other staff from The Croft meet to decide on plans for your future. You can come to the meeting if you wish, but most children prefer not to attend. Instead, you can talk to your advocate before the meeting to make sure that your views are heard by the adults.

During term time, a monthly ‘Have Your Say’ group is organised by the advocate with you and the other children, to hear your views on the unit and whether there is anything you would like to change or anything you need. Following this group, a ‘you said/we did’ sheet is displayed on a notice board in the big lounge for the children to see what has been done about their comments.

When you leave the Croft you will also have the opportunity to fill in a Leavers sheet with the advocate, if you want.  This is a chance to let other children know about your experience at the Croft.

 The Advocacy Service we use is called the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and contact details are as follows:

Freephone: 0808 808 1001
E-mail: help@nyas.net

The page was last updated on 27 May 2020 by bdale.

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