Your social worker makes sure you are looked after well and that you get all the help you need. Social workers must decide with others what’s best for you. He or she must always listen to you and take your views seriously.
Your independent reviewing officer must make sure your feelings and views are known and taken into account. Independent reviewing officers must take action if they think a council is not doing what is best for a child or young person, or if they think your human rights have been broken.
Your advocate is there to make sure you are properly listened to. Advocates are separate from the council, your social worker and your IRO. Their job is to help you put across what YOU think is best for you. Advocates know about the law and can help you protect your rights, including by making a complaint. Advocates can also put you in touch with a lawyer to help solve a problem.