Non-instructed advocacy for children and young people: Key principles and approaches and Writing non-instructed reports and representations

At Coram Voice we know how essential it is that vulnerable young people who cannot instruct an advocate, still have access to this vital support to ensure their rights are upheld, and that they are kept at the centre of any decisions being made about their lives.

These workshops will provide an opportunity to explore the challenges of implementing a robust, ethical, and skilful approach to non-instructed advocacy. This will include discussions on the different NIA approaches and practical examples of non-instructed advocacy  case studies and reports. The workshops are suitable for advocates with or without experience of NIA.  They will focus on community advocacy as the trainer mainly has experience of advocacy for looked after children, care leavers and children in need. However they may also be useful for advocates working in other settings (such as IMHAs) who wish to explore the broader principles of NIA.

Course date(s):

1st and 8th December 2020

Important notes:

  • To ensure you are able to participate fully in the session, we ask that you are able to commit to one hour for completing pre reading/activities prior to each session. Please do not sign up if you are unable to set this time aside during the few days prior to each workshop. Reading and resources will be sent out in advance and you will be asked to bring this along to the event.
  • Those who have not attended any Coram Voice NIA training before (either in person or on Zoom)  should sign up for both events. However for those needing a refresher, it is possible to sign up for only one session.
  • Joining instructions will be distributed once places are confirmed.
  • Spaces are limited: For those external to Coram Voice,  there is currently no cost to join these sessions, but we may have to limit places to one person per organization, if the workshops are oversubscribed.

Trainer

Emma Robinson, Specialist Advocate for Children and Young People with Disabilities

Expectation for participants

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