Youth Advocacy Project (YAP)

At the Youth Advocacy Project (YAP), our job is to make sure children and young people understand what is going on when they are in care, or involved with social services. We try to help them feel part of the choices that are made about them. We want to make sure you know your rights and all the choices available to you.

Who do YAP work with?

We work with children and young people who

  • are aged 5-21 and in care or a care leaver
  • have a disability and receiving shared care
  • are young parents under 18
  • are young unaccompanied asylum seekers
  • are going to a family group conference or child protection conference

What is an advocate?

An advocate is not part of social services. We work for you and no one else. We won’t judge what is good or bad for you like other people might – we will just stand up for what you want. (Think of us like a megaphone; we don’t change what you say we just make your voice louder)

We will keep everything you say private and confidential. If we are worried about your or someone else’s safety, we may need to pass information on to others. We will always discuss this with you first.

You can find out more about us at Speak out, Be heard, Know your rights

Contact us

If you are a young person who needs advocacy support please

You can find out more about us online at

Go to the Youth Service home page