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Children’s advocacy services, 24/01/14 [W]

The Welsh Government has made a statement on advocacy services for looked after children, care leavers and children in need.

Advocacy allows people to have a voice when things are not right, when they are not happy or when decisions are being made about them. It has become clear how important this is following the recent inquiries and investigations into cases of historic child abuse.

There are statutory requirements for local authorities to provide independent advocacy services for looked after children and young people, care leavers and children in need. A recent review by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales made recommendations on improving these services, and the Welsh Government responded by outlining how the issues raised will be addressed . An Expert Group on Advocacy and a Young Person’s Expert Group on Advocacy have been established to consider the reccomendations made by the Commissioner and to give advice on how to go forward.

During the summer of 2013, the Deputy Minister for Social Services also announced her plans to extend provision for statutory advocacy through amendments to the Social Services (Wales) Bill.

Further details, and the full Ministerial Statement, can be found on the Welsh Government website.