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3.4.5 Role of Advocacy and Active Care Proceedings


This chapter was slightly updated in June 2014.

Where there are active Care Proceedings, the Children’s Rights Advocate should not engage in advocacy support around any matters related to the care proceedings.

However, in circumstances were the child has an issue with their appointed Guardian; the Local Authority will support them to raise the issue by spot purchasing an advocate from an outside advocacy agency. Costs will be charged to the relevant service area.


A child in active Care Proceedings will have an appointed Guardian who will support the child and represent the views and best interest to the Court.

They will also have an appointed Solicitor, who will act on their behalf. The child can raise any issues or concerns through their Solicitor.

The child can also speak to the Judge. They will need a case number and details of which Court they are in.