Advocacy – Is Empowerment
Lay advocates were “created” by the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 Children’s and Young People’s Well-being Act 1989 and have no known counterpart in any other legislation anywhere in the world.
Advocacy in all its forms provides those who have been made vulnerable with robust support and a strong voice and ensures their views and wishes are genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.
“Standing up for yourself can be scary and it is a natural response to think it will make matters worse. It won’t but silence will!”
Peggy Burrows 2019
As your advocate we will defend, safeguard and promote your rights and ensure your interests are protected. Confidentiality is guaranteed and proper care of information is assured. While we speak it is you who decides what we do on your behalf.