The Children's Society has many projects working with disabled children and young people, some of which provide advocacy services for children and young people. Most of these projects have specialist advocates working with disabled children and young people looked after by local authorities.
The child's right to be heard in matters affecting them is enshrined in Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which also stipulates that 'the child shall in particular be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body'.
Why do disabled children placed away from home need advocates?
The Children's Society believes that all disabled children should have the opportunity to use an advocacy service, however for disabled children placed away from home there is an even greater need for advocacy.
Numbers of disabled children and young people living in residential placements*