Advocacy

Children’s Rights as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC 1989)  http://www.unicef.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/UNCRC_summary-1.pdf  are part of the core values and principles of the Children and Young People’s Team. Staff aim daily to implement Article3 (Best Interests of the Child). The rights based approach places the child’s best interests at the centre of all our planning, policy initiatives and interactions.

We realise the importance of listening to vulnerable children and young people to ensure that they are safeguarded and that their voices are heard. Where there are multi agency or single agency meetings about the child or young person we aim to ensure that their views and wishes are captured and shared in our reports. We aim to attend meetings whenever possible and to support young people to attend themselves where considered appropriate and to have a voice.

We aim to empower children and young people to raise issues, problems, concerns and complaints by providing help and support with access to information in a format that is accessible to them. We realise the importance for children and young people of being able to get help when they need it.

Working with other professionals

In order to safeguard and support children and young people we work in partnership with arrange of other professionals. These include the Health visiting and School Nurse Team, Schools and education services, Children’s allocated social workers and the Essex Children and Families Hub. We also work with a range of other voluntary organisations who may be able to provide more specialist support for specific issues for example children’s special education needs.