Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs
In January 2009, ASA received funding from Children in Need to offer an advocacy service to children and young people between five and eighteen years with additional support needs. We can offer advocacy support in many areas; for example, where there are concerns with education, physical or mental health, family life or access to services.
Joanne and Kate are children’s advocacy workers at ASA.
- Help children and young people to be involved in decisions that affect them.
- Support and empower children and young people to develop their own advocacy skills.
- Make sure the child’s voice is heard and that others listen, understand and respect what they have to say.
At all times in the advocacy/client relationship it is the child or young person who makes the decisions.
Joanne and Kate are loyal to the child or young person they are supporting and their aim is to safeguard that child or young person’s rights.
We have leaflets/cards available for children and young people. For further information about this service or to make a referral, please call Joanne or Kate at Advocacy Service Aberdeen Tel: 01224 332314. This project is funded by BBC Children in Need.
- Principles of Advocacy -
Advocacy has two main themes
Safeguarding individuals who are in situations where they are vulnerable.
Speaking up for and with people who are not being heard, helping them to express their own views and make their own decisions.
How you can help
Are you a good listener? Could you help someone speak up for themselves?