About this service

1. Advocacy to children who are Looked After by Coventry or Warwickshire LA, and also children who are Children in Need or homeless 16 and 17 year olds. We support children's participation at Looked After Reviews, Family Group Conferencing and Child Protection Conferences and other key decision making forums, including formal complaints to the LA. Our aim is to ensure that the voice of the child is heard by those responsible for making decisions around their care. We accept referrals over the 'phone from anyone who has the child's consent to do so, or directly from the young person themselves.

2. We provide volunteer befrienders, known as Independent Visitors, to children who are Looked After by Coventry or Warwickshire LA's, generally in foster care or residential homes. We accept referrals by email or 'phone for all Looked After Children for whom their social worker feels it would be in their best interest and the child agrees with the referral and wants an Independent Visitor.
We welcome enquiries from members of the public interested in becoming Independent Visitors. All training and supervision is provided, and we cover the monthly expenses of contact with the child that you are matched with. We ask for a minimum of 2 years commitment to ensure consistency for the child.

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Advocacy and participation (children in care)

One-to-one support for looked-after children and young people and other vulnerable young people e.g. those on a child protection plan  focused on their right to be heard and involved in decisions about them, explaining their wishes, arguing their case. Activities and training for families and professionals.

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Independent visitors

A supporting adult to befriend, advise and assist a child or young person who may have little or no positive contact with members of their own family.

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