Advocacy services

Advocacy services are run by children’s charities and are confidential.

A child in custody can ask an advocacy service for help if they:

  • feel they cannot speak for themselves
  • do not understand something
  • cannot make themselves understood

How to get in touch

People from an advocacy service regularly visit secure centres so children can meet them. Children can also telephone them.

Telephone: 0808 168 2694
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This number is for children in young offender institutions (YOIs) or secure training centres (STCs). The phone number is different for children in a secure children’s home - they need to ask a member of staff for the number.

Other people to call

Children and their families can also contact other organisations for help.