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Where is my advocate? : a scoping report on advocacy services for children and young people in England

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EVALUATION OF VOICE ADVOCACY SERVICES Office of the Children’s Commissioner: Where is my advocate? A scoping report on advocacy services for children and young people in England July 2011 1 Contents Foreword from the Children’s Commissioner 4 Foreword from John Kemmis, CEO Voice 2000-2011 5 About the Office of the Children’s Commissioner 6 About Voice 7 About the National Children’s Advocacy Consortium 7 Acknowledgements 8 Executive summary 9 1. Introduction 11 2. Aims and objectives 14 3. Methodology 15 4. Children and young people’s entitlement to advocacy 16 5. Models of advocacy funding 23 6. Identifying the number of children entitled to 26 advocacy services 7. Mapping advocacy services across England 28 8. Co-operation between advocacy providers 34 9. Types of advocacy 35 10. How children access advocacy 38 11. Children’s advocacy needs 42 Office of the Children’s Commissioner: Where is my advocate? A scoping report on advocacy 2 services for children and young people in England July 2011 12. Monitoring and evaluating the impact of advocacy 45 13. Conclusions 47 14. Issues for consideration and follow up 50 15. Next steps 52 Appendix 1 – Research challenges 53 Appendix 2 – Looked after children in each 54 local authority area Appendix 3 – Map of advocacy provision in England 57 June 2011 Bibliography 58 Office of the Children’s Commissioner: Where is my advocate? A scoping report on advocacy 3 services for children and young people in England July 2011 Foreword from the Children’s Commissioner Vulnerable children and young people should have ready access to professionals and services that can support them in having a real say in decisions affecting their lives. Children an

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