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Becoming a parent can be an intimidating experience for young people, especially those who are vulnerable and have experience of the care system. All-too-often young people are not given the support they need to look after their children and face having them removed without being given the opportunity to be good parents.
That’s why we offer specialised advocacy support to young parents, helping them to find their way through the maze of bureaucracy they face and ensuring their legal rights and entitlements are respected.
We have worked with young parents in collaboration with independent filmmakers to produce a film highlighting the difficulties faced by care-leavers who become young parents and informing them of their right to independent advocacy. In 2018 the video was awarded the Best Co-Production prize at the National Advocacy Awards.