Children who are looked after, in need or have a disability in Rhondda Cynon Taf can access an advocacy service to ensure their views are heard.
Welsh-based charity organisation Tros Gynnal Plant runs the RCT Advocacy Service so that vulnerable young people are able to take part in decisions that affect their lives and can have their voices heard.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has commissioned Tros Gynnal Plant to provide the advocacy service to promote the voices and rights of children and young people who receive support from the Council’s Children’s Services department.
Through the Advocacy Service, young people in need can speak out or ask questions at their meetings and reviews, and will have someone to listen to their point of view. The service can provide information on their rights and entitlements and also help them make a formal/informal complaint.
The charity has already provided support for 170 children and young people since September 2010 and has had a positive impact in securing positive outcomes for them. Plans are underway to set up a service users’ Focus Group that will be consulted on a range of issues, including helping with service development.
The advocacy service is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); is independent from Social Services and works to a high degree of confidentiality.
Team members are happy to visit and explain more to young people about the service. Children and young people can call: Freephone: 0800 028 1489 or Text: 07708 883181 or email:email@example.com