POhWER provides advocacy support to children and young people in the same way as we provide support for adults. Our qualified professional advocates support children and young people through a range of services.

We work face to face with children and young people who are receiving treatment on a mental health unit - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Our (CAMHS) advocacy support is provided within both private and NHS hospitals across the country including the Huntercombe Group. Our advocates provide drop in services for the young people to access advocacy on a regular basis.

Our support includes:

  • Support to prepare for and at their weekly MDT meetings
  • Support to raise complaints both informally and formally
  • To understand their rights
  • Talk with other professionals and support to prepare and attend meetings.
  • Support to facilitate a regular young people’s or patient forums to share their views about their stay and ways to improve this.

Young people can refer themselves to the service or speak to the advocate during a regular drop in. They can also be referred by a third party. We can support individuals to have their voice heard or work with groups of young people to raise issues they have identified.

Young Persons Advocacy Service in East Sussex

We work with young people aged between 7 years – 19 years old. Our service is for young people who have disabilities, special educational needs and looked after children. We support in LAC Reviews as well as supporting the young person in the build up to their review and afterwards as well as facilitate advocacy drop in’s.

We can help make sure that the young people we support are getting the right support to:

  • to be healthy
  • to stay safe
  • to enjoy and achieve
  • to make a positive contribution
  • to achieve economic wellbeing

We can also help the young people we support to have their views and wishes heard at:

  • reviews and meetings
  • school or college
  • when there are changes in your life
  • if they don’t feel safe

How do I get support from an advocate?

Young people can refer themselves to the service or speak to the advocate during a regular drop in. They can also be referred by a third party. We can support individuals to have their voice heard or work with groups of young people to raise issues they have identified. However, Parental or carer consent is required before an advocate can work with a young person if they are under 18 years old.