London Borough of Croydon

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is about supporting children and young people to make sure that their rights are respected and their views and wishes are heard at all times.

The aim of advocacy is to make sure young people are protected and their rights are met by providing an opportunity for views to be listened to and properly considered.  An advocate can provide support by:

  • helping you to say want you want;
  • making sure your voice, wishes and feelings are being heard;
  • listening to you;
  • helping you make a complaint;
  • making sure you understand your rights and that your rights are being respected;
  • obtaining the services you are entitled to,
  • supporting you in important meetings.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible you need to be in care, in receipt of after-care, living away from home or a Child in Need.

How can I access this service?

Further advice can be gained from Croydon's Children's Quality Assurance & Safeguarding Service. 


Barnardo’s provide independent advocacy for children in care and care leavers. Please use the link below or see the attached leaflet/referral form to find out more information about their service.


Children's quality assurance and safeguarding service

020 8726 6400 ext 63228
Address Line:

4th Floor, Zone F

Bernard Weatherill House,

8 Mint Walk

Croydon, CR0 1EA


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