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Your right to be heard and taken seriously

You have a right to be involved in all decisions about your plans for leaving care.

If you want to challenge decisions about the support we give you, your leaving care worker can put you in touch with an independent advocate to help you do that.

Independent advocates can inform you about your rights and help you to be heard in meetings. They are separate from the youth support team. In Gloucestershire you can receive that type of support from Barnardo's through the BeHeard Advocacy Service

Your Advocate …

  • Is completely independent from social care.
  • Won’t take sides or give their own opinion.
  • Will only say what you want them to say.
  • Will make sure your questions are answered.
  • Will visit where you choose.
  • Will write down what you want to say.
  • Will make sure people listen.
  • Can speak for you if that’s what you want.
  • Can help you to make a complaint.
  • Can keep what you say private.


When you turn 18 you have a right to see the information we keep about you, including the files and records written about you when you were in care.

Your social worker or leaving care worker can help you to get advocacy support or to access your files.

One of the ways you can speak up anytime you want is by using an app on your phone called Mind of My Own. This app allows you to send a message to any of your support workers at any time. You can access it at www.mindofmyown.org.uk or for more information email momo@gloucestershire.gov.uk


Children in Care / Care Leavers Council (VOICE GLOUCESTERSHIRE)

Children in Care Council The Children in Care Council (CinCC) is your voice for all children in care in Gloucestershire. We want young people in care and those leaving care to be actively involved in helping to decide what services they receive. The CinCC seeks to represent and promote the views, opinions and experiences of Gloucestershire’s Children in Care and Care Leavers. We do this by getting young people involved in workshops, training, recruitment, and consultations. The CinCC explains to the adults who run Children’s Social Care what changes young people would like to see.

If you would like to get involved with the CinCC then speak to your social worker or leaving care worker or find out more here

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