Ensuring your voice is heard

A boy takes his shopping home on a council estate

If you are looked after by Torbay Children’s Services or on a child protection plan, and are aged 8-18, you have the right to an advocate to help look after your rights, to have a say in decisions that affect your life, to be listened to, taken seriously and to be treated fairly.  

Our Children's Rights Service is an independent, confidential service here to help you.

Who is an advocate?

An advocate is a person who can help you say if you don't like something or if you don't agree with a decision that affects your life.

Advocates are independent, which means they don't work for the Council or Children's Services.

Advocates are confidential, which means they will not tell anyone what you say to them without agreement, unless there is something that might cause harm to you or someone else.

What can an advocate do?

  • Help you sort out your problem or worry.
  • Listen to you and help you understand your rights.
  • Help make sure you are treated fairly.
  • Help you say what you think about things.
  • Help you make sure other people are listening to what you have to say.
  • Help you to be involved with your care plan.
  • Support you if you are thinking of making a complaint.

Your rights

When you are looked after by children's services, you have the right to:

  • use an Advocate to help look after your rights
  • have a say in decisions that affect your life
  • be listened to and taken seriously
  • not be hurt or abused
  • be treated fairly, whatever your race, religion, sexuality, gender, language or disability
  • have your health or extra support need met
  • get the most out of your school or college

What can we do to help you?

Contact us and talk to us about getting an advocate.