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Derby Children's Rights Service

two young people

The Children's Rights Service offers free independent, confidential support to all looked after children and young people from Derby City - no matter where you are living.

An advocate will help you express your wishes and feelings, help you prepare for meetings and help you understand your Human Rights. Your advocate can liaise with services on your behalf, help you make a complaint if you wish and attend your reviews or other meetings if you request it. We follow the National standards for the provision of Children's Advocacy services, so you are always in control of the partnership. You choose whether you would like the support of an advocate and may contact us directly by telephone, text or email.

We also provide Independent Visitors who are volunteers. They meet with young people monthly to engage in activities of their choice, like going to the cinema. Please ask your social worker about our services or contact us for more information. The minimum age is 4 and the maximum age is 25.

How to contact us

If you'd like to get in touch, you can telephone us: 01332 294534 or email: dcrs.advocacy@cgl.org.uk. We will arrange to meet you at a place where you feel safe. 

 

Request for Independent Visitor Service

Formal referrals for an independent visitor must be made by the young person’s social worker.  If you are a social worker and would like to make a referral on behalf of a young person for this service please complete and return this referral form.

Independent Visitor Service Referral Form

 

Independent Advocacy Referral Form

Referrals for the independent advocacy service may be made by any professional or other person connected to the young person if they have their consent.  If you would like to make such a referral, please complete the attached form and return it to us.  If you would like to discuss the matter first please telephone or email.  

Independent Advocacy Referral Form

 

 If you are a young person wishing to self-refer simply contact us by email or telephone.  

We provide:

  • Independent Advocacy for looked after children and young people
  • Independent Visitors
  • Independent advocacy at initial child protection conference for a child in need
  • Signposting to other relevant services

Can’t make your appointment?

It’s really important that you let us know. Ideally please call us on 01332 294534. You can also email to let us know on dcrs.advocacy@cgl.org.uk.

What do our service users say about us?

"I need help in meetings, I just nod my head and people think I understand but I don’t – my advocate could explain everything to me"

"I've also seen first-hand how having an advocate has really helped the young people and given them a sense of empowerment and a sense of control back into their life. I would definitely recommend the service"

Where can I go for further support?

Room 7 Halliday House
2 Wilson Street
Derby
Derbyshire
DE11PG
United Kingdom

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday:  9am - 5pm
Wednesday:  9am - 5pm
Thursday:  9am - 5pm
Friday:  9am - 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed