Programme manager: Simon Cottingham
Black Country Advocacy Service
Black Country Advocacy Service provides independent, confidential services to children and young people who are in care, leaving care or who have a social worker. The programme also offers advocacy for disabled children and disabled looked-after young people. It operates in Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall.
The service covers several important areas:
- Listening carefully to children who need to get their views and feelings across.
- Giving children a voice in decisions that affect their lives.
- Ensuring young people’s rights are respected and that they are treated fairly.
- Helping them solve problems in ways that feel comfortable to them.
- Advocacy for children with complex communication needs, severe learning difficulties and children without speech.
- Non-instructed advocacy for children with severe communication impairments (where the advocate gains information from those who know the child well and gauges what the child’s views are by observing their behaviour).
Find out more about our Black Country Advocacy Service:
Young people’s leaflet about our Black Country Advocacy Service
Leaflet on advocacy for disabled children
B:Well Sandwell helps children and young people aged 10 – 17 years with emotional well-being needs by providing both one-to-one support and telephone support for an online well-being game.
When deemed appropriate, young people are referred to the project by Shield - which is an organisation in Sandwell to help young people feel happier, healthier and safer.
One-to-one support: is provided by volunteers who are recruited by The Children’s Society’s B:Well Sandwell team. A young person is matched with a volunteer who works with them on a set of mutually agreed objectives for a period of 10 weeks to improve their mental and physical well-being. Activities might include going for a walk, bike ride, or something else based on the young person’s needs.
Volunteer for us: If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for B:Well Sandwell please contact us. We are looking for people who can communicate well with young people and have an awareness of mental health and emotional well-being issues. Training and support is provided.
Read more about The Children's Society in Birmingham and the Black Country.