Advocacy and the law

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 advocacy is needed

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*

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is helping children and young people get their views across and take part in decisions that affect their lives.

Advocacy involves speaking up for children and young people, making sure their rights are respected and their views and wishes are heard and acted upon by decisions makers.

Our policy

Our goal

Children in trouble with the law should be dealt with as children in need and not as criminals.

Around 7,000 children are sent to custody each year in England and Wales and at any one time around 3,000 children are locked up.

Our policy

Our goal

The risk of young people on the streets is reduced by a new, flexible approach that meets the needs they identify.

100,000 children aged under 16 run away from home or care each year in the UK. 1 in 12 say they were hurt or harmed while away from home.

Young refugees and migrants

We aim to ensure that laws and policies help keep young refugees and migrants safe and protect their rights as children, regardless of their immigration status or nationality.

Policy areas

Our policy team focus their work on six main policy areas, helping to make childhood better for children across the UK.

The risk of young people on the streets is reduced by a new, flexible approach that meets the needs they identify.

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