The Children’s Rights Officer

The Children’s Rights Officer is a trained advocate working with Hackney social workers. An advocate is someone who supports others to make their views clear to other people or supporting them if they have an issue.

The role of the Children’s Rights Officer is to support children and young people in care, to make sure their rights are defended and safeguarded; to provide information and help young people detangle and interpret what is happening to them.

What can the Children’s Rights Officer help me with?

The Children’s Rights Officer will be able to give you advice, help to get things fixed and explain your rights to you. They can also come to meetings with you if you need an advocate or help you tell your social work unit or other workers anything you need to say. If you are unhappy with the service you receive, they can help you make a complaint to Hackney Children’s Social Care.

Why does Hackney have a Children’s Right Officer?

We want you to have a positive experience of Hackney. Your opinion is important to us and we want you to have a say in decisions that affect you.


Anything you tell the Children’s Rights Officer will be confidential (unless you tell them something they think will place you or other people at risk) and you get to decide what information is shared with others.

How can I contact the Children’s Rights Officer?

The Children’s Rights Officer works Monday to Friday, so you should usually be able to reach them quite easily. If they can’t answer your call or email straightaway, they will get back to you in 2 working days.

You can call on: 0208 356 2444

You can email at:

Or use the Ask Us Anything form on this page.