BCP Advocacy and Independent Visitors Services

Age range: 8 - 18 | Price: Free | Activity by: Action for Children Dorset
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About Project

Advocacy Service

Advocacy is a service which helps you to access your rights and express your point of view with the support of a professional advocate.

This service is available for children and young people, aged 8 to 18, in the BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole) council area. If you use this service, an advocate will work with you on a one-to-one basis to make sure your thoughts are heard and considered when decisions are being made about your life.

An advocate is independent from your social worker and family.

If you are a young person in care, or you are involved with children’s social care for some other reason, you may be entitled to an independent advocate.

An advocate can help you if:

  • You need something started, changed or stopped, for example, 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
  • You have a meeting coming up and need some support to make sure your voice is heard
  • You need information and advice and want to know your rights
  • You would like to make a complaint

For more information about accessing Action for Children's advocacy services, you can call us on 01202 525643, text 07889 604216, email bdpadvocacy@actionforchildren.org.uk or visit https://services.actionforchildren.org.uk/dorset-services/for-young-people/advocacy-for-children-and-young-people/

Independent Visitor Service

An independent visitor is a trained volunteer who provides children and young people in care with friendship and support.

If you join the Independent Visitor programme, you can decide the kind of meet up you'd like – would you like to try a new sport or activity? Or just catch up over a cup of tea every month?

The Independent Visitor programme is open to children and young people in care up to the age of 18.

Like any friendship, your relationship with your Independent Visitor will build over time and may last for a number of years.

The matching process for a young person and an Independent Visitor is two way. You will be given information about potential Independent Visitors and then both of you will decide whether you could be a suitable match before you meet.

On finding a provisional match, you and your Independent Visitor will attend a meeting with the volunteer coordinator and carer/social worker. If that goes well and both sides want to meet again, the match is successful.

You will then meet every few weeks to do fun activities together or just to have a chat.

For more information please visit https://services.actionforchildren.org.uk/dorset-services/for-young-people/independent-visitors/

How to take part

Your social worker will usually refer you to the Independent Visitor programme, but you can also refer yourself. If you’d like to find out more about referring yourself, please text IV followed by your name to 07889 604216 and we will get back to you.

Project availability

During: School Term

Excluding: School Holidays & Bank Holidays

This activity stopped on 28/02/2023

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In-person Support In-person Support
Target Young People
Cost Free
Age of participants 8 - 18
Location Cobham Road
Ferndown, BH21 7PT
Available from - to 24/08/2022-28/02/2023

Any questions about the project?
Call 01202 525 643

Action for Children Dorset

Action for Children Dorset

Contact details:
tel: 01202 525 643
web: https://services.actionforchildren.org.uk/dorset-services/
Cobham Road
Wimborne, BH21
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