This report presents information on the young people who engaged with the EPIC
Advocacy service in 2010. There are two main aspects to EPIC’s advocacy work
with young people: firstly Children’s Rights and Participation which works with
young people up to the age of 17½ approximately; and secondly, the Aftercare
Support Network which involves young people from 17½ and over. EPIC has two
Children’s Rights and Participation Officers and one Aftercare Support Network
Advocacy means providing a skilled and independent person to give a voice to and
represent the rights of children and young people in care and young adults with
care experience. The EPIC Advocacy service provides them with confidential
advice and support. Advocacy ensures that their views are listened to and where
possible acted on, that decisions made are fully explained and understood.
Advocacy is a means of empowering children and young people/adults to make
informed choices and assert their views. Where possible they should be supported
to speak for themselves. Advocacy represents young people’s interests and helps
them secure the services and resources they need.
The data in this report focuses on the characteristics of young people who have
received advocacy support from EPIC. The main aim of this report is to give a
profile of this group of young people and to gain some insight into their presenting
issues. This is valuable information and can be used to help inform the future
development of advocacy work carried out by EPIC. In addition, it can also
highlight certain issues that need to be addressed by the research and policy work
of the organisation, especially when particular issues are becoming more
prevalent. As this is the second annual report on the EPIC Advocacy service,
trends in the findings can be compared with those for the previous year, 2009.
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