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Do you need help to speak up?

Advocacy is where someone speaks out for (or against) something or someone. What it means for you is that if you are in care or subject to a child protection plan there is someone who can support you to speak out, or speak for you and help to persuade people to listen to you.

There are two Children's' Rights Officers in Leicestershire. They are employed by the Children & Young People's Service and are responsible for making sure that children know their rights and are treated fairly. They are not social workers and will only work for you if you ask them to. It is YOUR decision.

There are lots of things we are able to help you to speak up about, either by supporting you at meetings that are held about you or speaking with your carers or social worker. We can help you make a complaint if there is something you are unhappy about or get you independent legal advice from a solicitor if you need this.

Elaine Constable is the Children's Rights Officer for children and young people who are "looked after" (in care) and care leavers.

Catriona Candler is the Children's Rights Officer for children and young people who are on a Child Protection Plan.