We recognise the most important influence in a child’s life is family. Children who grow up with safe, stable and nurturing relationships form stronger friendships, develop greater resilience, achieve more in school and are more likely to build positive relationships throughout their lives.
We are child focussed in our intent but recognise that the most effective way to help and protect children is to work alongside the whole family. Therefore strengthening families is central to our aims as we know that families have greater capacity for change when we work with them as partners. This is part of an evidence based approach known asRestorative Practice.
We aim to embed a culture across our workforce where dignity and respect is the basis for our interventions. Every member of staff will understand the principles of Restorative Practice and its ethos will underpin all of our work and align to the borough vision of ‘Forging a Future for all’.
The Children’s Society BlackCountry Advocacy Service is an independent, confidential service in Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall. It’s for children and young people who are in care, leaving care, or who have a social worker.
What is an Advocate...
An advocate is a person who can help you say if you don’t like something or if you don’t agree with a decision that affects your life. Advocates are independent and confidential – they don’t work for the council or children’s services and they will not tell anyone what you say to them without your agreement.