Advocacy & Rights

Representing your views, wishes and feelings.

Advocacy & Children’s Rights

The Children and Young People’s advocacy service gives a voice to children and young people across (and cared for by) Lincolnshire.

This service is led by you, is confidential, and can help you to access services that are right for you or solve issues that might be affecting your care. Your advocate is there to make sure your views are heard and to be on your side.

Who can get an advocate?

You may be able to get an independent advocate if you are a child or young person and you are using Children’s services within Lincolnshire County Council (LCC). You may also be able to get an advocate if you are entitled to use council services. This might include you, if the council feels that you are at risk of harm or, if you have issues or complaints about the services you currently use.

When might you want an advocate?

You can ask to speak with advocate if you:

  • Have serious concerns about the care you are getting
  • Want to be more involved in decisions being made about you and your future
  • Want to fight decisions being made about you
  • Want to make a complaint

You will be offered an advocate if you are subject to Child Protection issues. This is an ‘opt-out’ service. This means that it is your choice if you want to speak to the advocate.

If you want to contact an advocate and find out whether they can help you, please contact us or to make a referral, download a referral form.

More information

Leaflet for Children and Young people

Information for Young People about Child Protection Conferences

Service information for Professionals

Who we are

Our Children’s and Young People Service is provided by specialist advocates at Barnardo’s.

Barnardo’s is a leading Children’s charity. We believe in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. We believe in the abused, the vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will stand up for you and bring out the best in you and every other child. We do all this because we believe in children.