Advocate (Child & Adult)


Name: Advocate (Child & Adult)
Organisation: Barnardo's
Location: Barnardo's, Brunswick House, 1 Brunswick Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0NP
Type: Part Time
The volunteer Advocate role requires a level of flexible but committed availability - with regular availability Mon-Fri within work hours on more than 1 day a week in order that the service can best support referrals. Minimum length of commitment 6 months


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 6 to 18 to have their say at their statutory Child in Care review meetings, or for children and young people when they are involved in Child Protection meetings.

You would be visiting young people to provide an opportunity for them to share their views in preparation for their meeting. You, as volunteer advocate, will then attend the meeting to represent these views either with the young person or alone.

PIVAS offers an inclusive service including unaccompanied asylum seekers, children and young people with disabilities, additional needs including behaviour, communication and learning difficulties.
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, with sufficient availability Mon-Fri within working hours.

Our training programme prepares you for this vital role.

We welcome enquiries from both Men and Women.

As this role will involve unsupervised contact with children, young people and on occasion young vulnerable adults, we will require an enhanced criminal record check.

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

This role does require a level of flexible but committed availability - with regular availability Mon-Fri within work hours on more than 1 day a week in order that the service can best support referrals.

Due to constraints, this service is unable to run regular Induction / Training programmes and as such recruitment intake currently runs once yearly (possibly twice).
Our next volunteer recruitment and training programme for the PIVAS Advocacy role will run May 2019, application deadline 27th April.
We operate a waiting list between training programmes, with a maximum number cap.

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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+
A reliable, trustworthy and empathetic adult
Good literacy skills with confidence to read the young person’s views within professional settings
Good IT skills
An interest in the welfare and rights of Children/Young People
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
Ability to work alone and follow guidelines to keep Children/Young People safe
A willingness to work within Barnardo’s policies, procedures and professional boundaries.
Male volunteers / Foreign Language and Disability skills are increasingly required


Interviews and recruitment process
Induction and service training inc ED&I
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.
Access to Barnardo's Volunteer Academy offering accredited courses.

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

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Expenses are 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, ED&I training and supervision provided
Other: Regular Support and Supervision

Recruitment Method

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