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Wac Arts Advocacy Service

Camden has an Advocacy service specifically for disabled young people provided by Wac Arts.

The social care team in Camden MOSAIC identifies young people who are 'Looked After' by the local authority who would benefit from being allocated an advocate to help support them depending on their presenting need. The advocacy service provides 1:1 sessions that use creative strategies to meet the needs of the young people it represents, encouraging them to express their views and opinions.

The advocacy service aims to keep the young people it represents safe, healthy, listened to and respected.

The service demonstrates the value of including children and young people with disabilities in decision-making processes that affect their lives.

Contact details

Contact Name
Jo Yeoman
Contact Position
Advocacy and Transitions Coordinator
Telephone
020 7692 5800
E-mail
Jo.Yeoman@WacArts.co.uk
Website
Wac Arts - Empowering young people to change their world 

Address

Activity location
Wac Arts 213 Haverstock Hill London NW3 4QP
Address
213
Haverstock Hill
London
Postcode
NW3 4QP

Further details

Client Group
For children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Referrals Policy
The child or young person will be referred to the service by the disabled children's social care team in Camden MOSAIC.
Referral required?
Yes
Ward
Belsize Ward
Last checked date
01/09/2014
Record ID
40004

Local Offer

About Local Offer
Local Offer Age Bands
School Age Children & Young People 5-18
SEN Provision Type
Targeted
Where is the service located and what areas does it cover?

The service is located at Wac Arts in Camden but is available to Camden young people who are now living out of borough in foster placements, residential schools or colleges throughout the UK.

Who does your service provide for?

The service is provided for Looked After Children with a disability or young people with a disability living in placements out of borough up until 18 years of age.

How can a child or young person start using the service?

The child or young person will be referred to the service by the disabled children's social care team in Camden MOSAIC.

How are decisions made about eligibility for your service?

Decisions about referrals to the service are made by Camden MOSAIC.

A completed Wac Arts Advocacy referral form will be sent to the Buddying, Advocacy and Transitions coordinator at Wac Arts by the young person's social worker.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

Once a young person is referred to the service- through completion of the Wac Arts advocacy referral form, an independent advocate will be allocated to that young person.

An invitation will be sent to the young person from the advocate explaining the service and a first meeting will be arranged.

Communication with the young person will depend on their communication requirements and could include assistive technology.

Advocates will visit young people once every 6-8 weeks and can also carry out advocacy sessions via phone, email or skype. Advocates will attend service users' review meetings and involve them as fully as possible in this process.

Is your service fully accessible?

Our building and service is fully accessible and advocates travel to the young people to deliver this service.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had/or will be they be getting?

Staff have a variety of training, this includes:

  • Child protection and safeguarding procedures
  • Disability awareness  
  • Good communication skills, including use of different communication methods e.g PECS /Makaton
  • Manual Handling & Safe use of aids and equipment
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Boundary settings
  • Working with Parents
  • Conflict Management
  • Working with people who have physical and sensory disabilities
  • Autism awareness training

Staff supporting young people with SEND on the advocacy service are able to complete training from Camden TDS. Staff will be receiving a certificate in independent advocacy in the near future.

Who should a service user contact if they want to raise a concern or complain about something?

If a service user has a concern or wants to complain about something happening in their life they can tell their advocate who will pass the information to the social worker or relevant person and will also ensure any concerns are raised at the young person's Looked After Child (LAC) Reviews.

If the concern is regarding the advocacy service you can contact: Jo Yeoman, the advocacy project coordinator on 020 7692 5862 or contact the Disability Officer at Wac Arts.

We are happy to listen to any concerns regarding the service. Advocacy consultation forms and service user evaluation forms are used to gain young people’s views on their lives and the advocacy service.

Who can a parent carer/young person contact for further information?

Jo Yeoman Advocacy, Buddying and Transitions Coordinator 020 7692 5862 Jo.yeoman@WacArts.co.uk

The Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Camden Local Authority. Any service or provider mentioned in this Local Offer, does not represent a recommendation or endorsement of the service or quality of the service provided. You are responsible for undertaking your own checks to determine suitability of the service and provider.

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