By Post FIS, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Who we are:
Hackney’s children’s rights service provides independent advocacy for children and young people who are working with Hackney services. We provide an independent service that supports you to have your voice heard, we can represent your wishes and feelings and provide information to you about your rights and entitlements.
What are Children’s Rights?
Every child and young person has rights, it does not matter who you are. These include the right to an education and to be protected from harm. Hackney has promised to protect, respect and fulfil these rights. The Children’s Rights service is here up hold your rights, listen to you and support you.
What is an Independent Children’s Rights Officer?
An Independent Children’s Rights Officer (CRO) works to ensure that Hackney children and young people who are or have been Looked After or are receiving services are have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
- Independent means we are not linked to your social worker, your care plan and are not involved in any of the decision making that might have already happened
- Advocates defend and safeguard your rights.
- Support you to have a voice and represent your wishes and feelings in a way that works for you
- If you need information and advice and want to know your rights
- We want to work with you to empower you to be able to be better involved in planning and decision making
An advocate is someone who provides advocacy support when you need it. An advocate might help you access information you need or go with you to meetings or interviews, in a supportive role. You may want your advocate to write letters on your behalf, or speak for you in situations where you don’t feel able to speak for yourself.
Our advocates will spend time with you to get to know your views and wishes.
Children’s Rights Officers
Our Children’s Rights Service gives you a safe space to be and feel listened to with an independent person. Independent means we are here to make sure Hackney are providing you with the services you require.
We want to work well with those important to you to improve the services and to get for better outcomes for you. People we may work with as well as you include:
- your family
- social workers
- foster carers
Your Children’s Rights Officer is available to speak with you on the phone or meet you at a place of your choice. They will talk through with you any concerns that you might have and inform you of your rights and entitlements in confidence.
Confidentiality means that you can talk to that person about anything you want and in most cases it will be just be between you and them.
The only times information will be shared is if it is felt that:
- you could be in danger
- if you’ve said something about someone else being hurt
- or if a crime has been committed.
Together with your worker you will discuss ways in which this information will be shared and with who, to work towards making the situation safer, nothing will be done without your knowledge.
How to contact your Independent Children’s Rights Officer
If you would like to have a chat to one of us to find out more information you contact us on:
Phone: 0208 356 2444
Text or whats app: 07814 131 225
Someone will get back to you within 72 hours
Help for Young People who go missing
Hackney’s Independent Return Home Interview Service
We offer a service to young people who have been reported missing from home or from care. Young people get reported missing when their carers do not know where they are, they haven’t returned back at the agree time, they are somewhere which is considered unsafe, or it is not clear where they are. There can be lots of reasons why young people do not want to return to their home.
Our service provides a safe space of your choice to be able to talk in confidence about anything you are experiencing, we can listen, and we can represent your voice and views to others and work with you to create safety plans.
Independent Return home interview
Return home interviews can be done by lots of different people, our service gives you the choice to meet with someone independent. – Peri Louise Revan and / or Chris Cummins, independent means we are not linked to the police, social services or school.
Return home interviews can be done in many different ways, it’s your choice how, when and where these are done. The aim is to give you the chance to talk about why were reported missing, what happened whilst you were away and how you have been feeling. Your worker will talk through with you what confidentiality means and you will work together on deciding how and what information is shared.
Confidentiality means that you can talk to that person about anything you want and in most cases it will be just be between you and them. The only times information will be shared is if it is felt that you could be in danger if you’ve said something about someone else being hurt or if a crime has been committed. Together with your worker you will discuss ways in which this information will be shared and with who, to work towards making the situation safer, nothing will be done without your knowledge.
Why talk to us?
It gives you a chance to meet up or talk over the phone with someone independent. We can come and meet you at a place where you feel safe and comfortable to talk about what happened before you were reported missing and the reasons why. We will ask and be interested to know how you are doing now and since you have been back. There might be difficulties in your life that we could be able to help with and support you to work out.
We can come and see you and speak as many times as your like so that we can help you to work on your personal goals so you can make safe choices in the future.
Record Last Updated on: 29/05/2018