SNAP Cymru’s Independent advocacy service “ABOUT ME”, provides: information, advice, advocacy, representation and support to children and young people with ALN, including SEN and disability.
SNAP Cymru have adopted the following core principles –
- Our advocates work for children and young people and no one else.
- Our advocates value and respect children and young people as individuals.
- Our advocates work to ensure that children and young people can understand what is happening to them, can make their views known and, where possible exercise choice when decisions about them and their future are being made.
- Our advocates help children and young people raise issues and concerns about things they are unhappy about. This will also include making formal and informal complaints under Section 26 of The Children’s Act 1989.
Children and young people’s active participation in the information gathering, planning and decision making process can help to avoid disagreements and conflict.
Advocacy is crucial in ensuring their wishes and views are heard at all times, safeguarding children and young people and empowering them to speak up for themselves.