CPC Advocacy in RBKC started on 13
September 2011, and we have taken ourfirst quarter from this date. There were 43 referrals in the first quarter, of which 24received an advocacy service.Of 19 referrals who did not take up the service, 3 children and young people told theadvocate they were not interested in the service, 2 parents said the child or youngperson did not want a service, and it is not possible to tell whether or not childrenand young people were informed of the service in the remaining 14 cases.The advocacy service was taken up by children and young people ranging in agesfrom 7 to 16, although the majority of these were in the 7
12 year old age group.Out of those taking up the advocacy service, 3 children and young people attendedtheir CPC, one of whom attended twice
an initial and a review.In 2 cases, parents did not communicate permission before the CPC, and allowedthe advocate to join the CPC and feedback to the child or young person after. In allcases except 2, the advocate visited the child or young person before the CPC toascertain their views for the conference.The advocate communicated the views of children and young people using a numberof different methods including, letters, powerpoint presentations, pictures andstatements, as well as advocating for them throughout the meetings.
Take up of advocacy services
Child / young person attendswith support of advocateChild / young personrepresented by advocateChild / young person attendswithout the support ofadvocateChild / young person does notattend and is not representedby advocate