Did you know there are loads of services out there to help and support children and young people?

Do you feel like your opinion, thoughts and feelings and not being listened to? NYAS could help you…….


They can act as an advocate for you and speak on your behalf if you need them too.

The advocacy services include:
Issue based advocacy
Issue based advocates are offered in response to a specific request for advice or advocacy for one to one work with a child or young person.
Residential visiting advocacy

Our advocates visit residential units on a regular basis to meet and interact with young people, allowing them to identify any concerns or issues being expressed.
“Rights-based” Advocacy

Supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in society, we provide specialist advocacy in mental health settings including the provision of IMHAs (Independent Mental Health Advocates). Where children and young people are disabled we adopt a “rights-based” approach to advocacy, which ensures that their basic rights are upheld and their dignity respected.


Another service that can help you is MEIC…….

The advocacy and advice helpline for children and young people in Wales.

If your life is in a bit of a tangle or you have a problem and need to speak to or contact someone, MEIC is for you.

You can contact them by phone, email, SMS text and instant messaging. MEIC is confidential, anonymous, free, and just for you.

080880 23456
Both are free services and do not show up on the bill.


Do you know your rights? Have you heard of the UNCRC?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

Since being adopted by the United Nations in November 1989, the CRC has received 194 ratifications with only two countries in the world still to ratify.

This means they have agreed to do everything they can to make the rights a reality for children around the world.

All signatories are bound to the UNCRC by international law, and its implementation is monitored by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Under the terms of the convention, states are required to meet the basic needs of children and help them reach their full potential. Central to this is the acknowledgment that every child has basic fundamental rights

These include:
The right to life
The right to his or her own name and identity
The right to be protected from abuse or exploitation
The right to an education
The right to having their privacy protected
To be raised by, or have a relationship with, their parents
The right to express their opinions and have these listened to and, where appropriate, acted upon
The right to play and enjoy culture and art in safety


Here are some other useful websites for you to look at….

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