Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Mapping the Impact of Children's Advocacy Services in Wales

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Mapping the Impact of Children's Advocacy Services in Wales

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The presentation will set out key results from research and publishing conducted by the proposers over the last five years into the implementation of Welsh Government policy concerning advocacy services for vulnerable children and young people across Wales, and their use of these services in making complaints against the local authorities that care for them.

The paper will reveal important insights into the way vulnerable children and public service providers view children's advocacy and the ways in which advocacy is delivered. Nearly two decades of research, reports and policy on child abuse and child safeguarding has made children's advocacy a Welsh Government imperative driving the growth of an independent advocacy sector in Wales. This presentation focuses on this rarely-researched organisational world of advocacy and draws particularly on the views of young people and frontline professionals. Key findings are presented from research which sought to explore the impact of advocacy interventions, particularly in regard to complaints. The findings stem from (a) focus groups and interviews with children as users of advocacy (b) a nation-wide survey on children's involvement in leading complaints against local authorities about their care (c) data on advocacy activity and its delivery in a competitive system of local authority commissioning. …

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