Information on what the team does, available information for young people, parents, carers and professionals, what an independent visitor is and how to find out more.
The participation and rights team is a service for children and young people:
We provide a range of children’s rights, advocacy and participation activities for children from targeted groups such as children in care, children who have involvement with children’s social care services, or children with a disability, including those who cannot communicate verbally.
We encourage children and young people to influence services and decisions that affect their lives.
Advocacy is about helping you get your voice heard. It is about helping you get your say in tackling difficulties you are having, or in decisions being made that affect you. Advocates are on your side, and will speak up for you or support you to speak up for yourself.
Advocacy can help you with things like bullying, attending meetings, problems in your foster placement or children’s home, difficulties with your social worker or other professionals, worries about contact with your family and a whole range of other things.
When you contact the advocacy service you stay in control of what happens next – we can give you information and advice but what happens is up to you – we take our instructions from you!
The service can be used by children and young people who are:
If you would like an advocate, contact the participation and rights team:
Tel: (01482) 396828
You can find further information about advocacy on the Rights4u website:
Rights4u - advocacy (external East Riding website)
The team runs lots of groups you can get involved in:
We also provide training for professionals and carers and facilitate young people’s interview panels so children and young people can have their say about who is recruited to jobs in children’s services.
For further information, contact the participation and rights team on
Tel: (01482) 396828
You can contact the participation and rights team on
You can also contact the customer relations team on
Tel: 0800 915550
What you talk to the participation team about is private and we won’t talk to anyone else unless you want us to.
The only time we would break this promise is if you told us something that made us think that you or someone else is in danger or at risk. Then we would have to pass information on to keep you safe, but we would always try to talk to you about this first.
Young people contact us for lots of different reasons, such as not feeling listened to, being bullied, wanting to make a complaint or wanting to get involved in making services better for children and young people.
We run a support group for the children of families who foster, called TAG (The Altogether Group). This is a chance for them to meet other young people whose families foster too. They can have their say as well as having a lot of fun! Meetings are every two months.
If you are interested you can contact the participation and rights team on
Yes, you can. You can refer them by contacting the participation and rights team on
If you are a designated teacher, you can contact the participation and rights team on
Independent visitors are adults who give up their spare time to visit and befriend children who are looked-after (children in care).
Independent visitors are completely separate to Children's Services - that's why they're called independent. They are chosen to be trustworthy and to have things in common with the young person.
The independent visitor doesn't replace the carer or social worker, but is an extra person who is there for the young person.
If you would like an independent visitor, contact the participation and rights team on
You can visit the participation and rights teams website where information can be found about young people in care, young people leaving care, young people with disabilities, advocacy and staying safe.
Rights4u (external East Riding website)
Contact the participation and rights team on
You can find further information on the East Riding safeguading children board where there are links to other useful websites.
East Riding safeguarding children board (external East Riding website)
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