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Parental Advocacy

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About

The role of the Advocate is to empower and assist parents to fully engage in the Children’s Social Care statutory processes. To do this the Service Provider will focus on providing support at the following:


  • Pre-meetings/Post Meetings

  • Assessments

  • AMS assessments

  • Child In Need (CIN) Meetings

  • Child Protection Conferences

  • Core Groups

  • Statutory Reviews

  • PLO meetings

  • Legal meetings

  • Court attendance

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Eligability

In Stoke-on-Trent Asist is providing advocacy for parents:


The person requiring support is a parent of a child/ children that are open to Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Children’s Social Care; and;


  • The person has a diagnosed Learning Disability, which leads to them having substantial difficulty in one or more of the following areas:

  • Understanding relevant information

  • Using or weighing up information

  • Retaining information

  • Communicating their views, wishes and feelings; and;


There is no one appropriate or available to facilitate the person’s active involvement in the process


Referrals into the Parents Advocacy service will only be accepted upon receipt of detailed referral information that outlines any risks that need to be considered.

Referrals will only be accepted from the following Stoke-on-Trent City Council Children’s Social Care staff unless authorised by the Lead Commissioner:

  • Principal Managers

  • Practice Managers

  • Social Workers

  • Assistant Social Workers

  • Conference and Review Managers

  • Independent Reviewing Officers