support services for children and young people in need, in partnership with East Sussex County Council

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Independent Visitors and Advocates are two distinct roles that help looked after children and young people develop positive relationships and express their views. asphaleia care provides both these services for children and young people in East Sussex who have an East Sussex social worker. Keep reading to find out what each service offers and how to refer. 

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Helping children and young people express their views

Advocacy offers free and confidential support services for children and young people in East Sussex who are in care, care leavers, or engage with other East Sussex Children’s Services.

An Independent Advocate helps children and young people to have their views, wishes and feelings listened to and taken into account and to influence decisions made about them.

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In addition, we support children and young people who are looked after in residential care with regular visits to children's homes in East Sussex.

This service is available for:

  • Under 18's with an ESCC social worker

  • Looked after children

  • Care leavers up to 25 years-old, or up to 21 years-old if not in education

  • Post-adoption up to 25 years-old

  • A care leaver with SEN up to age 25

independent visitors

Providing a consistent and supportive befriender

IV's are trained volunteers that visit children and young people who are looked after by East Sussex County Council on a monthly basis. They offer the support and friendship of a trusted adult, a monthly visit involving fun activities away from their placement and are someone the child can talk to about their worries.

 

The Independent Visitor is someone ‘totally independent’ in their life, 

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distinct from the professionals who support them. It makes a real difference to a young person to know they have someone who is on their side, who has chosen to be there for them.

Children and young people are able to access both services should they wish to. Advocacy provides short-term support, whilst we aim for an IV to provide a longer-term consistent presence in the child's life.

make a referral or find out more

We need an advocate

Download a referral form and send it securely via email. Please call us if you wish to discuss the referral or if you need help completing the form.

 

If you're on mobile you can use the call button below, otherwise our number is 01323 324010.

We need an IV

Download a referral form and send it securely via email. Please call us if you wish to discuss the referral or if you need help completing the form.

If you're on mobile you can use the call button below, otherwise our number is 01323 324010.