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).

An advocate can:

  • Help you express your views
  • Help you work out what you want to say and how to say it
  • Put your views forward for you or help you speak up for yourself
  • Help you prepare for meetings, such as reviews or Child Protection meetings
  • Make sure you have information about your rights and entitlements

In York Children and Young People can have the support of an advocate if they are:

  • in care and aged 5-18
  • on a Child Protection Plan
  • a young parent (aged 18 or under) whose child is on a Child Protection Plan
  • a care leaver up to the age of 21
  • Wanting to make a complaint

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