Care-experienced children, young people and vulnerable adults face significant challenges, which can lead to isolation & loneliness, especially over Christmas. NYAS listens and empowers them to get their voices heard and acted upon to improve their situation and to help them build a better future.
Care-experienced young people face social exclusion, fewer opportunities and more discrimination – labelled as a ‘looked-after’ child. Young people leaving care are thrust into the adult world before they are ready. Without the support of family and friends, they are more likely to have insecure jobs, become homeless, have mental health issues, offending behaviour and substance misuse. Young people tell us “We need more love, positive relationships & mental health support in the care system"
NYAS provides advocacy and legal representation for care-experienced children, young people and vulnerable adults. We listen to what children and young people want, care about what they say and empower them to have a voice when important decisions are being made which affect their future. We influence and campaign to bring about positive changes and ensure children’s rights are upheld. “My advocate did the unthinkable - got my voice heard! They were understanding and non-judgmental.”