Rights and participation
Listening to you is really important to us. Our rights and participation team work to support and empower young people to be involved in and shape decisions that affect their lives. This includes how we plan, deliver and evaluate services for children, young people and parents.
What is rights and participation?
Participation is about giving young people like you, the opportunity to have their voices heard and to support them to make decisions for themselves. Having a say on decisions and services that affect the lives of young people is a right, as outlined in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child.
How we can help
We can help children and young people aged between 11 to 25. By listening to your opinions, concerns and views, we aim to ensure that we provide services that meet your needs and improve the way we work.
We do this by providing a range of services which include:
- getting someone to speak on your behalf (advocacy).
- providing support through our participation groups.
- children's rights.
Our participation groups
We can support you to help shape services through a number of different participation groups:
- Young People's Council
- Big Mouth Forum
- Children in Care Council
- Care Experienced Consultants.
Getting someone to speak on your behalf (advocacy support)
Our advocates can support children and young people who are looked after by us (Leicester City Council), or are part of child protection conferences to have their views and wishes heard by the adults working with them, particularly in formal meetings. We can also provide guidance for your statutory right to complain through our Children's Rights workers.
Support for parents
We also support parents who attend Early Help services to have a say on provision and to support other parents, this is delivered through our parent champion programme.
Get in touch
Ring: 07710 148 497
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