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Coram Voice

Formerly known as Voice for the Child in Care (VCC), Coram Voice has championed the voice of children and young people involved in the care system since 1975. We joined the Coram group of charities in 2013. The Coram mission is to develop, deliver and promote best practice in the support of vulnerable children and young people.

Many children in the care system tell us they feel powerless when key decisions are being made about their lives, like where they live or who they live. Some children don’t feel able to express what they want because of a lack of confidence, skills or trust that they will be heard.

The good news is that every child in care is entitled to an independent advocate who can make sure their wishes and feelings are listened to when decisions are made about them. They also have a right to be supported by an advocate when they need representation or if they want to make a complaint.

However, many children in care don’t always get this support or know they are entitled to it. Often children from the most vulnerable groups – such as children with complex communication needs, disabled children, very young children and children placed away from home – have the greatest difficulty in finding an advocate to speak up for them.

Children in care, or the adults referring them, can call our helpline and request an advocate for free. We can answer any questions about the services children are entitled to and offer information on how to get an advocate who will help to guide them through the social care system.

 

Please support them to call the Always Heard Helpline or give them our contact details: