What is advocacy?
Advocacy services help people – particularly those who are most vulnerable in society – to:
a) access information and services
b) be involved in decisions about their lives
c) explore choices and options
d) defend and promote their rights and responsibilities
e) speak out about issues that matter to them
(Source NHS England)
What is an advocate?
An advocacy service is provided by someone who is independent of social services and the NHS, and who isn’t part of your family or one of your friends.
An advocate’s role includes arguing your case when you need them to, and making sure the correct procedures are followed by your health and social care services. (Source NHS England)
Our advocacy service means we are there to represent your wishes without giving any personal opinions and without representing the views of any other organisation.
We can do things like:
a) help you access information you need
b) go with you to meetings or interviews in a supportive role
c) write letters on your behalf or
d) speak for you in situations where you don’t feel able to speak for yourself.
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
"Pediatric neuro-rehabilitation cannot be delivered in isolation. The needs of the child have to be looked at both holistically and within the context of the family unit. Parents need to be empowered to be parents in post-acute pediatric neuro-rehabilitation following brain injury"
"Parent-supported interventions following pediatric ABI bring reductions to the cost to society"
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we delivery neuro-rehab services to children and young people"