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 need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is proven to bring health improvements; improve independence; reduces the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"