Families at Risk

This project is funded by the Scottish Government Third Sector Early Intervention Fund managed by the Big Lottery.

High quality independent advocacy support for people in vulnerable situations can help them understand and identify options, make informed choices and ensure that their voice is heard.  Successful, lasting outcomes for children, young people and parents in vulnerable situations are more likely to be achieved if those most affected are as fully involved as possible in the decision making process.

SIAA member organisations report increasing numbers of referrals for parents with learning disabilities or mental health problems.  There is limited access to advocacy for children and young people.

The Families at Risk project will:

  • Develop good practice guidance for advocacy organisations working with families at risk.
  • Develop and deliver training for advocacy organisations on the good practice guidance.
  • Provide relevant information resources for advocates working with children and young people and families at risk.
  • Monitor relevant Scottish Government and Parliament guidance, policy and legislation.
  • Deliver briefing sessions for professionals working with families at risk to raise awareness of the role, value and impact of independent advocacy.
  • Support advocacy organisations to deliver training in self-advocacy skills and peer and collective advocacy for parents and for children and young people.
  • Work with LA and NHS advocacy commissioners to influence local policy/strategic advocacy planning for children and young people and families at risk.
  • Work with the Scottish Government and Parliament to influence national policy regarding the development of independent advocacy for children and young people and families at risk.

The Families at Risk project has produced the following publications, if you would like a copies then please contact the SIAA office.

 

Families at Risk Guidance – This document has been produced to provide guidance for advocacy organisations and advocates delivering independent advocacy to families at risk. Independent advocacy organisations aim to offer a consistently high quality of independent advocacy across Scotland, this guidance will support those aims in relation to working with families at risk. The Guidance works alongside the Principles and Standards for Independent Advocacy and the associated Code of Practice. They have been written to apply to all types of advocacy. Throughout Scotland advocacy organisations share the same core Principles although they might do things in a slightly different way.

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What is Independent Advocacy? leaflet – This leaflet is designed to give a child or young person general information about the role of independent advocacy and to sign post them to the SIAA website in order to search for a local project that may be able to support them. These have been approved by the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration as these leaflets will soon be available in all Children’s Hearings centres across Scotland.

Childrens Leaflet

How can an Advocate help me? leaflet – This leaflet is designed to give a parent general information about the role of independent advocacy and to sign post them to the SIAA website in order to search for a local project that may be able to support them. These have been approved by the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration as these leaflets will soon be available in all Children’s Hearings centres across Scotland.

Parents leaflet

FaR Project Briefing Paper – This briefing was made available to all Children’s hearing panel members across the whole of Scotland through their online resources CHIRP. This was written in approval of Children’s Hearings Scotland.

Do you know about Independent Advocacy – Information for Parents – Poster

Do you know about Independent Advocacy: Information for Children and Young People – Poster

The Families at Risk project co-ordinator is Anna Chrystal.  For more information on the project contact Anna.Chrystal@siaa.org.uk

 

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