Your right to be heard and taken seriously

You have a right to be involved in all decisions about your plans for leaving care. You have a right to support from an independent advocate if you want to challenge decisions about the support we give you.

Independent advocates can inform you about your rights and help you to be heard in meetings. They are separate from Children’s Services.

We can support you to access independent support via The Children’s Society (PDF, 397 Kb).

Your rights

You have a right to see the information we keep about you, including the files and records write about you when you were in care. If you would like to see your file, please speak to your Personal Adviser. More information can be found at Access to Records / Subject Access Requests.

You can visit Coram Voice for further information on your rights as a care leaver.

We want you to continue to shape the future of your Leaving Care Service. In Autumn 2021 we asked you what you would like to see changed or strengthened in the service; these are our promises for the year ahead:

  • Continue to build good relationships with you and the people involved in your life. Arranging to see you and keep in touch both face to face and by phone
  • Listen to your worries, anxieties or concerns and support you in whatever way we can to alleviate these
  • Support and guide you in your education, employment and training choices
  • Ensure you are safe and happy with where you are living
  • Help you, guide you and sign post you in the right direction in developing the skills you need to live independently
  • Provide you with all the information you need as a young person accessing our Leaving Care Service

We want to hear from; you can do this in speaking with your Social Worker or Personal Adviser.