Professional Zone

Disability issues

“My advocate helped tell Social Services what I really wanted.”

Paddy was 15 years old when he was referred to Coram Voice.

Coram Voice believes that children and young people with a disability should have equal access to our advocacy service to that of children and young people without a disability. As with all our advocacy services, the Coram Voice advocacy service for children with disabilities is designed to empower young people and protect their rights.

Coram Voice ensures that the service is accessible to children with a wide range of abilities by:

  • Allowing sufficient time to ascertain wishes and feelings
  • Being mindful of disability needs when devising information about the service
  • Ensuring our referral process is flexible enough to accommodate all young people, including those with profound learning disabilities and those who cannot communicate verbally. If you know a disabled young person who needs advocacy support, but is not able to contact us due to a disability, please phone our helpline so that we can discuss alternative ways of offering a service.

Coram Voice provides Non Instructed Advocacy (NIA) for children and young people who lack the capacity to instruct an advocate.

Advocacy Toolkit: The rights of disabled young people in the transition planning process​

It is vitally important that all young people (including those with disabilities) are supported to achieve the best possible outcomes as they move into adulthood. Without the right support this transition can become more difficult and stressful than necessary, having a negative impact on the young person’s well being, happiness and progress. For that reason Coram Voice have produced a tool kit to help advocates, professionals and carers support disabled children with the transition from children’s to adult’s services. You can read or download the tool kit here