You have the right to be involved in decisions that affect you at school. 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.
Sharing your views can seem a bit scary at times, but you have the right to get help from an advocacy worker.
Watch this 👇to find out more about how an advocacy worker can help you have your say at school.
4 ways an advocacy worker can help
- By listening to you and helping you work out what you want to say.
- Explaining your right to support at school.
- 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.
- If you want them to speak for you, they can do that too.
[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?
- Ask your school, parents or carers to help you find an advocate. They could check out Enquire’s map of services to help with this.
- Contact the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance.
- Contact Partners in Advocacy, who offer advocacy for children and young people across Scotland.
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.