The Children's Society has published new research on advocacy for disabled children called Someone on our side. They have also produced a guide for commissioners on the importance of advocacy services for all children.
The research is the outcome of a three year study exploring advocacy services for disabled children and young people in England. This study found that many report the benefits of having an advocate for disabled young people and their families but that there are still considerable barriers preventing access to advocacy services.
The guide for commissioners sets out the legal framework for the provision of advocacy to children and young people and the benefits of a good advocacy service. The Children's Society are urging local authorities to ensure that access to advocacy is available for disabled children whether they live at home or in residential care.