You have the right to be involved in decisions that affect you at school and if you feel like you need help to have your say, an advocacy worker can support you.

It’s not always easy to speak up at school, but having your say can help make sure that things work out better for you.

You should be listened to, treated fairly and have your views respected and taken seriously.

This can all seem a bit scary at times but you have the right to take along an advocate to school meetings. 

How can an advocacy worker help you?

  1. By listening to you and helping you work out what you want to say.
  2. Explaining your right to support at school.
  3. Helping you make your voice heard at school when decisions are made about you by going with you to meetings about your support for learning.
  4. If you want them to speak for you, they can do that too.

Reasons for getting help from an advocacy worker:

  • [The teachers] were listening. It’s much better now. I feel better and I can speak in meetings.
  • I felt like you [advocacy worker] being there and supporting me definitely made them [school] listen.

How do I find an advocacy worker?

  1. Your school, parents or carers should be able to help you find an advocate.
  2. Call the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance 0131 524 1975.
  3. Contact Partners in Advocacy, who offer advocacy for children and young people across Scotland.
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If you’re aged 12-15 and want help from an advocate to use your rights to be involved in planning your learning support, My Rights, My Say could help you.

If you’re care experienced, check out who your local advocate is at Who Cares? Scotland. 

Watch this 👇to find out more about how an advocacy worker can help you have your say at school.