Someone On our Side: Advocacy for Disabled Children and Young People

Thursday 15 November 2012, 2.00PM to 4.15pm

Speaker(s): Dr Anita Franklin, Senior Researcher, The Children's Society. Chaired by Paul Dyson, Independent Social Worker

Earlier this year, Ofsted published its report based on an inspector-led review of cases in 12 localauthorities which found that disabled children need better protection againstneglect or abuse. The report claims that disabled children are more likely tobe victims of abuse, but are less likely to have a child-protection plan inplace to safeguard them. The growing recognition of children’s rights andlegislation has given children and young people the right to be consulted aboutall decisions affecting their lives, and this can offer a means of protectionagainst potential neglect or abuse.

SomeoneOn Our Side, published in 2011, focused on the under-researched area of advocacy fordisabled children and young people in England.  This Children’s Society funded researchexplored the nature, processes and outcomes of advocacy for this group ofchildren who are often denied a “voice”. Key findings included:

Advocacy can lead to considerable improvements in the lives of disabled children and their familiesThrough advocacy children with complex communication needs could contribute to decision-making processesOnly a small number of disabled children and young people receive advocacy services.

This seminar will explore theseand other key findings and will place a focus on advocacy for children withcommunication impairments and within the contexts of safeguarding, careplanning and reviewing processes.  The seminarwill also provide an opportunity to discuss key messages for practitioners,practice managers, commissioners of services.

Location: University of York

Admission: See flyer for details

Email: jp42@york.ac.uk

Telephone: 01904 321237