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Advocacy allows you to have your views, wishes and feelings heard when important decisions are being made that will affect your life.
You have a right to be listened to and have your views taken seriously. Sometimes, it can be difficult to express how you feel, and you may think that your voice isn’t getting heard. This is when you might need the support of a NYAS advocate.
NYAS advocates are always on your side. They are independent and do not work for your carers or children’s services - they are there only for you. An advocate won’t make decisions for you, offer legal advice, give their personal opinion or tell you what to do.
An advocate can:
- Explain what choices and legal rights you are entitled to
- Make sure your views, wishes and feelings are listened to and respected
- Help you to have a say in the decisions being made about your life
- Explain your situation and why certain decisions have been made
- Support you to speak up for yourself
- Attend meetings and reviews with you or attend on your behalf
- Speak up for you and challenge any decisions you want stopped, started or changed
- Support you to make a formal complaint