Speak Up is York’s Children’s Rights and Advocacy Service and is here to help you understand your rights, and to provide you with help and support on anything and everything to do with being in care. Speak Up like to know your opinion on Children’s Services, on being in care and on what you’d like to happen in your life.

The people at Speak Up are called advocates and they are there to speak on your behalf and help resolve any problems or issues you have. Advocates are confidential, and won’t talk to your social worker, foster carers or any other workers without asking your permission (unless you are putting yourself or someone else in danger).

Advocates can help you…
•find the right words to make sure you’re listened to.
•express your views and get them heard.
•get information about what you want to know.
•work out what your options are.
•sort things out with the adults in your life.
•complain about a service or the way you have been treated.
•and many many more…

Advocates are there to represent you and only do what you ask. They’ll stop anytime you say you don’t want their help anymore.

Contact Speak Up!

If you’d like the support of an advocate, you can Speak Up by Calling 07769725174 or you can email us at speakup@york.gov.uk