During Family Rights Group’s Young Parents Project, we were able to provide free, indirect advocacy support to 180 young parents (up to the age of 30) who have a child who is, or has been, involved with children’s services. This indirect advocacy support allowed for a short term piece of work lasting up to 5 hours to be carried out and often included:

  • Offering the young parent detailed advice in an email
  • Providing a template letter for the young parent to amend and send to children’s services
  • Negotiating with children’s services by letter, email or telephone on behalf of the young parent.

Young parents finding this service helpful included those who had:

  • Been in the care system
  • Had a child removed before
  • Found it difficult to work with services and professionals at times, and/or
  • Felt that their age was being viewed as a risk factor by children’s services.

The indirect advocacy support as part of the Young Parents’ Project has now come to an end. If you are a young parent and you need help and advice you can still:

  • Look through the information available on this Young Parents Advice website
  • Call the Family Rights Group free advice line on 0808 801 0366 which is open between 9.30am and 3.00pm Mondays to Fridays (excluding bank holidays)
  • Find out more about advocacy, by taking a look at the information on the Working with an advocate page
  • Look at the other organisations that may be able to provide help and support which are listed on the Further information page.

If you are a social worker (or other practitioner) looking to arrange and fund direct advocacy support for a young parent, you will find information about Family Rights Group’s advocacy service here.


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Established in 1974, Family Rights Group is the charity that works with parents in England and Wales whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with members of the wider family who are raising children who are unable to remain at home. You can find more information about the projects and initiatives led by Family Rights Group on the Get involved pages on this website.