Unsure about your rights? Frustrated that no one is listening to you? Not sure if an advocate could help you? Ring our Rochdale Children's Helpline now on 0300 303 4170.

Sometimes it can feel like everyone else is making decisions about your life for you. Sometimes you may not feel listened to, but it’s important to remember that we all have the right to be heard.

What are my rights?

Everybody has rights. Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world. In the UK, our rights are protected by law.

Sometimes it can feel like no one is paying attention to you or taking what you have to say seriously. Sometimes it can feel like decisions are being made that you don’t want. You have a right to be involved about anything that affects your life.

You have a right to have your say on the things that affect your life, no matter how old you are. You have this right from when you are born and all throughout your life.

Children’s Rights Helpline

Our Children’s Rights Helpline is there for you if you are having problems or need help or advice. If you feel that people are making decisions for you, or that you aren’t being listened to, we can help.

Who are we?

We are Advocates, this means that we help you to say how you feel and what you would like to happen. We ‘advocate’ for what you want. We’re there to be on your side, and work with you to try to help you get what you want.

We are not social workers or professionals. We do not work on behalf of the local council or any other organisation. We are completely independent and only interested in you and what you want.

If you tell us something that you don’t want anyone else to know - we will not tell anyone else. The only time we may have to tell someone, is if we feel you, or someone else, is in danger.

How can an Advocate help you?

Our Advocates can support you or speak on your behalf if you want. We can:

  • Provide you with further information about your rights
  • Help you be involved in important decisions
  • Attend important meetings with you
  • Help you challenge decisions that have been made
  • Help you with a change of placement
  • Help you plan for your future and leaving care
  • Help you raise any questions or concerns you have about your time in care

Our helpline will ensure you:

  • Are aware of your rights
  • Have your say about things that are affecting you
  • Have access to information and advice
  • Receive guidance around how to raise your concerns
  • Can get help to plan for your future and leaving care
  • Can find support from an Independent Visitor, a volunteer who can befriend and support you during your time in care

Call our Helpline on 0300 303 4170, or you can speak to an Advocate online now via our Live Chat.

  • This helpline is only available to children and young people in Rochdale.

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