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Voice of care leaversVoice: for children in care & care leavers

This amazing website, created exclusively for looked-after children young people, features advice and information about your rights... plus loads of activities and clips. Voice also offers advocacy for young people in care.

Click on this link to go to Voice. 

* Action for Children: Independent Visitors

An Independent Visitor is an adult who volunteers to spend some free time regularly with young people in care, making friends with them and encouraging them with their interests.

They will usually visit once or twice a month, mostly at weekends. They can come to have a chat, go for a walk and give you the opportunity to try new activities or go to new places.

Download a leaflet about Independent Visitors

Childline 0800 111 111Confidential advice and counselling service for children and young people facing issues such as bullying, relationship difficulties or problems with substance abuse. The helpline is free and open 24 hours, every day.

The Childline website has forums where you can share experiences; and access information on a whole range of subjects. Visit:

* Other Useful links

Hackney Citizen's Advice Bureau can offer advice on legal issues, housing, debt, education, immigration problems, employment rights and welfare benefits. The office is open Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm. You will need to attend the centre so an advisor can assess your situation and book an appointment. Call: 020 8525 6350 or visit

Kidscape is the first Charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Visit

The National Care Advisory Service website has links, resources and policies related to looked-after children's rights. Visit the NCAS website

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children runs a helpline service for adults who are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child: 0808 800 5000. The website also features information about their campaigning work on behalf of children and young people. Visit:

The Children's Society works to influence policy and perceptions to improve child protection so that young people have a better chance in life. Visit:

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