A 2019 review of the service has led to a change of service name as well as widening out who the service is for. This is set out in the Aberdeen Young Person’s Rights Service Leaflet.
About the service
Our job is to provide rights related guidance and support to Aberdeen children, young people, and young adults, aged 0-26 years old, who have care experience or are/have been involved in child protection processes.
We are independent of other professionals who have responsibilities for care and support. We have a safeguarding role and promoting the safety of children and young people is one of our key duties.
How we can help you
Here are some of the things the service can provide:
- Give you information and advice about your rights
- Help make sure you are listened to
- Let you know about other available support and services which you may enjoy linking in with or which may help you
- Support you to represent your views at different meetings e.g. case conference, looked after children’s review, Children’s Hearing or Care and Risk Management Meeting
- Raise any concerns you may have, and if need be, support you to make a complaint
- Ask about your experiences and views on services and support to help improve them.
We can help you in ways you are most comfortable with or which suits your living circumstances; this could be face to face, a phone or video call, text, or email. You could also use a communication tool called Mind of My Own which allows you to be heard whenever you want. You can find out more information about this App through online and through your social worker.
The Service has two rights officers as well as care experienced development assistants whose role is to promote your participation and ‘voice’ in developing services and to have the same opportunities as your peers.
We therefore work closely with, among others, the Virtual School, the Youth Team and ACE, (Aberdeen Care Experienced). ACE supports Aberdeen children, young people, and young adults to engage, participate and discuss ideas and issues, important to them. These are then taken to the Aberdeen City Champions Board to ensure that ‘lived experience’ is heard and responded to in ways which help bring about positive change.
The Independent Care Review reported its conclusion on 5 February 2020. Listening to all those with care experience was at the heart of the Review. Looking forward, Aberdeen Young Person’s Rights Service will continue to take account of the messages and recommendations within the review in how we support and promote the rights of our children, young people, and young adults.
How to Contact Us:
General Email: YoungPersonsRights@aberdeencity.gov.uk
- Forrest Templeton
- Donna Simpson
If we do not answer straight away, please leave a message with your name and contact number and we will call you back.
Other useful telephone numbers and websites:
Children and Young Peoples Commissioner Scotland, call 0800 019 1179
Childline, call 0800 1111
Scottish Child Law Centre, call 0131 6676333
Who Cares Scotland, call 0141 226 4441
Together – Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights, call 0131 337 9015