Advocacy is speaking up for children and young people, ensuring their views and wishes are heard and acted upon by decision-makers. Echoing the core principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Every Child Matters

Important Note:

Sova will be merging with our parent organisation, Change, Grow, Live (CGL) before the end of March 2019. Therefore whilst your application to be a volunteer may initially be processed by Sova, due to the merger timetable you may have your volunteer application approved and processed by CGL.  All details regarding the role of volunteer and the terms offered by Sova however will be maintained therefore the terms you have applied for in relation to this advert will remain post merger. During the recruitment process you will be offered the opportunity to consent to becoming a volunteer with CGL in line with the change of employer name.

Commitment: Variable

Opportunity detail:

Children have rights too! Our advocates are trained in accordance with the National Standards for Independent Advocacy and champion the rights of looked after children, care leavers and children identified as being in need. Adopting a person centred approach, our advocates meet with the child/young person to ascertain their wishes and feelings and support them to ensure decision makers listen. We support in all manner of issues, offering advocacy clinics at residential homes, meeting children/young people at their homes where they wish to make a complaint, prepare for a review or liaise with services. We visit children/young people at their schools to support their voice at initial child protection conference. Full training, guidance, ongoing support and supervision is provided by staff; volunteer advocates have the opportunity to attend multi-disciplinary meetings, liaise with services and get first-hand experience of the challenges facing children and young people in the care of their local authority.


Application Form

Recruitment Pack

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Gillian Black - E: [email protected] 

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