Advocacy is about supporting children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities to make sure that their rights are respected, and their views and wishes are always heard.
The aim of advocacy is to make sure young people are protected and their rights are met by providing an opportunity for views to be listened to and properly considered.
An advocate can provide support by:
- Helping you to say want you want
- Making sure your voice, wishes and feelings are being heard
- Listening to you
- Helping you make a complaint
- Making sure you understand your rights and that your rights are being respected
- Obtaining the services you are entitled to
- Supporting you in important meetings
It is important for parents and young people to be able to find the advice and guidance that they need.
In Croydon, there are different organisations that can offer impartial help that is reliable and useful. You can find details of organisations in the Local Offer directory, within the Information, guidance, advocacy and support section.