Advocate (Child & Adult)


Name: Advocate (Child & Adult)
Organisation: Barnardo's
Location: Four Greens Community Trust HQ, Whitleigh Green, Budshead Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 4DD
Type: Part Time
Flexible availability during week days Mornings / Afternoons Minimum length of commitment 6 months


To meet with a child or young person before an upcoming meeting to support them in preparing what they would like to say.

To be with a child or young person if they are attending their meeting to support them in speaking up, to ensure they understand the process of the meeting and that their rights are upheld within that process.

To attend a meeting on behalf of a child or young person if they are not attending themselves and to ensure that plans are made for some feedback to the young person.

To support children and young people through the Local Authority Complaints procedure if they are unhappy with the service they have received from Childrens Social Care.

To attend regular supervision and volunteer advocate meetings with Barnardo's and to complete all relevant paperwork in a timely way.

Due to constraints, this service is unable to run regular Induction / Training programmes and as such recruitment intake currently runs twice yearly (possibly 3 times) and operates a waiting list for applicants


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Organisation Description

As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 100,000 children, young people and their families every year. We run 415 vital projects across the UK, including counseling for children, who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups. Every Barnardo's project is different but each believes in the potential of every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.

*Projects that work with children, young people and former Barnardo's children.
*Adoption and Fostering.
*Campaigning and Lobbying.
*Research and Influencing practice.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Disability
  • Families
  • Heritage
  • Mentoring
  • Race and Ethnicity and Refugees
  • Youth

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Community Work
  • General and Helping
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


A Stable Adult, aged 18+
An interest in the welfare of Children/Young People in Care
A non-judgemental attitude to people from different backgrounds and experiences
Experience with Children and Young People Desirable
Good communication skills & ability to relate to Children & Young People
A playful and creative attitude
Reliable and trustworthy
Ability to work alone and follow guidelines to keep Children/Young People safe in the community
A willingness to work with the support provided by the Barnardo's project
Male volunteers / Foreign Language and Disability skills are increasingly required

To support young people to have their voice heard when they are involved in meetings with Plymouth Child Care Services.

The Advocacy service support young people in Local Authority care from the age of 4 to 18+ to have a say at their regular child in care review meetings.

We also support young people from the age of 4 when they are involved in Child Protection meetings because here are concerns about their safety.

You would be visiting young people to help them to prepare for their meeting and then attend the meeting to either support or represent the young person.

Young People's needs are varied, some are asylum seekers; some have learning difficulties and some may have challenging behaviour. A minimum commitment of 18 months is required in order to offer continuity of support, as the best results are seen when a Volunteer can commit to a reasonably long period in this role.

Our training programme prepares you for this vital role.

We welcome enquiries from both Men and Women. We also welcome enquiries from 1st and 2nd year university students.
As this role will involve unsupervised contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, we will require an enhanced criminal record check.


Interviews and recruitment process
Induction and service training inc E&D
Safeguarding & Child Protection training
Regular supervision, peer supervision and on-going service support
Relevant on-going training
Improved CV and opportunity to develop additional experience, career and personal development skills
Access to internal vacancy list.

Gain skills and experience through:
Safeguarding and protecting children training.
Basic equality and diversity training
Knowledge of children’s services and how they are run
Experience of engaging and supporting children and young people
Information/experience of inter-agency working
Increased confidence in professional settings including meetings
Increased inter-personal skills

Access to Barnardo’s Training Programme and Internal Vacancy Listings

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Expenses can be offered
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Full Induction and training programme, with a trial period of shadowing an experienced volunteer
Insurance Cover: In place
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Full Barnardo's, safeguarding, H&S, E&D training and supervision provided
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Competency Test, Information Day, Trial Period, Other, DBS Check, Interview