Advocacy for Hampshire children and young people

We can offer advocacy to Hampshire children and young people (who live in Hampshire or out of county) who have

  • an allocated HCC Children’s Services social worker

AND who fall into at least one of the following categories

  • Looked After Children or on the edge of care
  • Care Leavers (up to the age of 25)
  • Special Educational Needs or Children with Disabilities aged 5-25 *
  • Young people in Swanwick Lodge (even if funded by other local authorities)

We can take referrals from Hampshire Children’s Services social workers who can refer using this form. However children and young people, their families or other organisations can also refer (subject to confirmation from Children’s Services that they are eligible for the service).

*Referrals for children and young people with SEN or a disability can also be made where there is no allocated HCC social worker, either by the SEND team or services providing statutory information and advice in Hampshire (Parent Voice and Support4SEND).

Other local authorities who place children and young people in Hampshire can commission us to provide advocacy – read more about to do this here.

Call us on 01256 332795 or email us on [email protected] to discuss the referral in more detail.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about the advocacy we can provide here.

We work to the National Children’s Advocacy Standards and follow the government guidance for providing an effective Children’s Advocacy service – see this document for more information

Read the Speakeasy leaflet here and the Children’s Advocacy leaflet here.

Working with Basingstoke families affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s syndrome

Our Children in Need grant funding for this work ended in July 2015. We had received grant funding from Children in Need since 2008, as well some small grants from Hampshire Council Children’s Services to support our project working with children and young people who have autism in Basingstoke.

Children in Need say:

“It is great to see so many positive outcomes for young people as a result of your involvement and support and those families who had become frustrated with education authorities have been assisted in getting their voices heard. Young people will have the chance to improve their prospects and aspirations as a result of Speakeasy Advocacy.”

(see their feedback in full here).

The good news is that there is now more information available than when we started our project! Here are some useful organisations and websites that we hope you find helpful………

Parent Voice is a Hampshire based organisation providing advice and support to families (including links to the Hampshire Parent Carer Network and the Local Offer)

Autism Hampshire which hosts the Local Autism Directory

Basingstoke Autism Support Hub (BASH) for Basingstoke information and activities

South Hampshire NAS Branch for South Hampshire information and activities

Support4SEND (formerly known as Parent Partnership Service) for information and advice on children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Hampshire

IPSEA for independent advice and support about education