Within 24 hours the referral will be acknowledged by the Reconstruct team and within 48 hours will be assigned to an advocate. You will be contacted to discuss the following upon receipt of referral:
To let you know the status of the referral and who the Advocate allocated will be. If the referral is missing any information, they will also ask for further clarification, including any risks that the advocate should be aware of before meeting the child/young person.
Advocate will arrange with parent/carer to speak with the young person.
If parents or young person do not want to engage then advocate would complete a non-starter form and advise the social worker.
If the young person is aged 16 plus the Advocate will ask the referrer if it is acceptable for them to contact the young person directly.
An advocate will meet with the young person face to face or virtually (child led)
Please ensure invitations to meetings are sent well in advance to allow for an advocate to be allocated in good time and to enable the views and wishes of the child/young person to be collated. Should an advocate not be available due to delays in sending the referral, Reconstruct will not be held responsible for not unattendance. However, we will endeavour to support the child / young person by collecting their views retrospectively.
We really want to get the word out that we are providing the Advocacy Service to young people in Gloucestershire and encourage you and your teams to send these out to the young people, family and carers you work with:
If you are aware of anyone who may be interested in learning more about becoming an advocate in the Gloucestershire area, please do ask them to get in touch with us at email@example.com