Got a problem? Who can I talk to?
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Always speak to your social worker, they are there to listen to you, support you and always want your best interests to come first – this doesn’t mean they will always agree with you, or you will do what you want, but ultimately they will be the person who can help you work through issues and guide you to the best solution.
Talk to a designated teacher at school, they too are there to support you and can pass on any information with your agreement to the social worker, unless it is something that puts you at risk, then they have a duty of care to report this without your agreement.
Advocacy - Young Lives Foundation
What if you feel that you are not being listened to by any of the people above? Are you unhappy about decisions being made about your life or need information about your rights? Do you need some independent advice?
An advocate is someone who helps you to make sure that your voice is heard, they are independent from Kent County Council and are always there to listen and support you.
Advocates at the Young Lives Foundation Advocacy Service will give you independent advice and any support that you need. They will meet with you and give you advice, they will help you in meetings with your social worker or PA, and they can also help you to write letters or make complaints.
You can speak to a Young Lives Foundation advocate now!
- Phone: 0808 164 0096 (free from all phones, including mobiles)
- Online: www.ylf.org.uk
Visit Kent Safeguarding Children Board for information and advice on the following topics:
- Child protection
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
- Physical and Mental Health
- Family and Relationships
- Faith Communities
- Extremism and Radicalisation
Office of the Children's Commissioner - Advice and Assistance
Anne Longfield is the Children's Commissioner, her team can provide help and advice to children in care and care leavers. If you have any concerns about your rights, your welfare and safety you can get in touch with them:
- Freephone: 0800 528 0731 (free from a landline, but may cost from a mobile)
A full guide to this service can be found here