Specialist children & young people's advocacy & independent visitor services - Change, Grow, Live Children's Rights Service

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We offer advocacy and independent visitor services.

Independent Advocacy Service

We provide an advocacy service to:

The service is available to children and young people from the above groups between the ages of 5 to 18 years, and up to the age of 25 for those with SEND, or for care leavers.

What is an advocate?

  • An advocate is independent -this means they are not part of other services such as social care, education or health.
  • An advocate will not give their opinion or tell you what to do.
  • An advocate can help to explain things to you and give you information about your rights.
  • The service is confidential and free

How can an advocate help?

An advocate:

  • will listen to you.
  • will help your views, wishes and feelings be heard.
  • can go to meetings with you or for you (meeting can include Looked After Child reviews, child protection meetings, Child in Need meetings, EHCP meetings, SEND tribunals and mediation, education meetings, Public Law Outline (PLO) meetings and many more)
  • will explain what your rights are.
  • can help you to make a complaint.


Independent Visitor Service 

An independent visitors service is available to looked after children in Staffordshire. 

Independent visitors provide both emotional and practical advice and support throughout their journey from care to independent living.  Volunteers are matched with a child or young person under 18 years of age (referred before 17 ½ years), who require extra support and encouragement.  More information can be found on the request a service form.




Referral required
Referral Details

Advocacy service

Who can refer?

Anybody can make a referral for a child or young person to have an advocate as long as they have their consent.

How do I request an advocate or find out more?

Telephone/SMS: 07809 587 007.  Email: SSCRS@cgl.org.uk

You can also complete an online referral form on the CGL website

Independent Advocate Referral Form:

Independent Visitor service

How do I get in contact?

Change Grow Live Staffordshire Independent Visitor Project

Unit 30, Staffordshire Business Village, Staffordshire Technology Park, Beaconside, Stafford, ST18 0TW

Telephone: 01785 887 954/07912 120 158.  Email: ssypp@cgl.org.uk

How do I request a service?

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