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Needs Code February 2017

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disagreements, including in relation to matters that proceed to the Tribunal. A local authority must 260 : make arrangements for the provision of independent advocacy services for the children and young people for whom it is responsible; refer any child or young person for whom it is responsible who requests independent advocacy services to an independent advocacy service provider; and refer any person who is a case friend for a child or young person for whom it is responsible and who requests independent advocacy services to an independent advocacy service provider. 261 18.44 Independent advocacy services provide advice and assistance, by way of representation or otherwise, to a child, young person or child’s case friend, where the child or young person is: making, or intending to make, an appeal to the Tribunal; considering whether to appeal to the Tribunal; or taking part, or intending to take part, in arrangements for avoiding or resolving disagreement 262 . 18.45 Advocacy services can help the child and young person to express and to represent their views, wishes and feelings. Advocacy can: Assist the child or young person to communicate their views, wishes and feelings and ensure that the child or young person is heard and listened to; Speak on behalf of the chid or young person where the child or young person is not able to communicate their views, wishes or feelings, or only partly able to express their views, wishes or feelings ; Work in partnership with the child or young person and support them by providing information, advice and support; Support the child or young person to understand their needs, understand the relevant processes, understand their rights, take an active participation in decision making and understand the implications of any decisions made; Support the child or young person to access information, explore and understand their options and make informed decisions and challenge the local authority or FEI where they feel their needs are not being met; Assist the child or young person to seek resolution to any problems or concerns which have been identified by the child or young person, help the child or young person to clarify the complaint and help them to understand the outcomes they are seeking; 260 Section 62 of the Act. 261 Section 62(1) of the Act. 262 Section 62(2) of the Act. Page | 176

Provide children and young people with support from any emotional challenges which arise from the process, such as expressing a different view from their parents. 18.46 The local authority is responsible for ensuring that the advocacy services are appropriate and of suitable quality. For example, in delivering these arrangements, the local authority should: Ensure the advocate is trained in communicating with children and young people, including those with communication difficulties; Ensure the advocate is child and young person friendly and be flexible in order to meet their needs and be adaptable to working with both children and young people, including those with access needs; Ensure that advocacy is led by the views and wishes of the child or young person, champion their needs and rights and provide assistance taking into consideration the needs of the child or young person; Ensure that advocates are well-publicised, accessible and easy to use and available to contact in a variety of ways; Ensure that the advocate understands and has relevant knowledge of the child’s or young person’s needs, including any disability they may have; Ensure that advocacy is responsive and provide help and advice quickly when contacted; Ensure the service has clear funding and budgeting plans, have adequate resources and are well managed and provide value for money; Ensure that advocates are suitably trained and continue to receive appropriate training and development to undertake their role effectively and to improve standards; Ensure that advocates understand the ALN system; Ensure the service has a clear and easy to use complaint procedure, encourages feedback and utilises feedback to drive improvement; Ensure the service maintains confidentiality to establish the trust of the child or young person, maintain confidential records and ensure that individuals and partner agencies are aware of its confidentiality policies. 18.47 If a child or young person is considering using the independent advocacy service, the information the service provides must be factual and unbiased. It must clearly outline that engaging with the service is a voluntary process. 18.48 Whilst children and young people can choose to ask for advocacy, local authorities should actively offer the chance to use an advocate whenever necessary. Staff should be suitably skilled to identify those children and young people who would benefit from having an advocate. Page | 177

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