Reconstruct UK

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Reconstruct is the provider for the following services available for your young people

A little bit about us

Reconstruct has been delivering Advocacy, Independent Visiting and Participation since 1990 to vulnerable children and young people. Reconstruct is an independent organisation and not part of social services.

Reconstruct are the providers of the Advocacy, Independent Visiting and Participation service for Bristol children and young people.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of these children and young people is at the centre of the work we undertake.

Advocacy Services

An advocate independent to social services and is someone who provides support to children and young people in care, care leavers and children and young people who are subject to a Child Protection Conference.

Advocacy means to speak up for someone and there are some groups of people who may need more help that others – in this case, vulnerable children and young people. It’s about making sure that children have a say in decisions that affect their life. Advocacy is about making things change because children’s voices are heard and listened to.

Who is eligible for this service?

The Children in Care Advocacy Service will provide support and advocacy for children in care aged 0-18 years and care leavers up to aged 25 who are placed both in and out of the authority area

Making a referral

The referrer completes the form on the referral link and this will be sent automatically to the coordinator for Bristol.

If you would prefer to complete a hard copy of the referral form please download and send it to advocacy.bristol@reconstruct.co.uk

This applies to the following:

If you would prefer to complete a hard copy of the referral form please download and send it to advocacy.bristol@reconstruct.co.uk

This applies to the following:

If the referral is complex please call 0800 0209 858 or directly to Carol the coordinator on her mobile on 07857625129 and talk through the referral.

Within 24 hours the referral will be acknowledged by the Reconstruct team and within 48 hours will be assigned to an advocate. You will be contacted to discuss the following upon receipt of referral:

  • To let you know the status of the referral and who the Advocate allocated will be. If the referral is missing any information, they will also ask for further clarification, including any risks that the advocate should be aware of before meeting the child/young person.
  • Advocate will arrange with parent/carer to speak with the young person. 
  • If parents or young person do not want to engage then advocate would complete a non-starter form and advise the social worker.
  • If the young person is aged 16 plus the Advocate will ask the referrer if it is acceptable for them to contact the young person directly.
  • An advocate will meet with the young person face to face or virtually (child led) s a paragraph.

Please ensure invites to meetings are sent well in advance to allow for advocates to be allocated and for the V&F’s to be collated. Should an advocate not be available due to delays in Bristol, Reconstruct will not be held responsible for not attending said meetings. However we will endeavour to support the child but this may not be possible and the child may have to be represented at the next meeting.

Independent Visiting

An Independent Visitor (IV) is an adult volunteer who is independent of Social Services. Their role is to establish a supportive and long term relationship with a young person built on trust. They will guide and listen to a young person, helping to build their self-esteem and develop new interests and skills over time.

Who is eligible for this service?

The Service will be available to children and young people in the care of the Authority, between the ages of 8 and 18 years, and also to a small number of Care Leavers who will be agreed and identified to the service by the Council

making a referral

All social workers can make a referral using the links below. If you are a parent or carer and would like to access the service, please contact your social worker who will make a referral on your behalf.  

mentoring

Transitioning out of care and into independence can present a number of challenges – financial, social and employment to name a few.

Our mentors support care leavers in developing their confidence and skills required to live independently, and if required, can advocate on their behalf at meetings or appointments.

Our mentoring services include:

  • One-to-one young-person-centred mentoring for 18-25 year-old care leavers.
  • Working with mentees to build self-confidence, resilience, independence and life skills.
  • Supporting mentees to work towards their own goals.
  • Access to drop-in peer support sessions and access to a Freephone helpline.
  • Working with local authorities and partnership agencies to signpost and enable young people to engage with appropriate services.
  • A level of independence to achieve better outcomes for care leavers.

If you would like to refer a young person to the Mentoring service, please make a referral via their PA.

mentoring

Transitioning out of care and into independence can present a number of challenges – financial, social and employment to name a few.

Our mentors support care leavers in developing their confidence and skills required to live independently, and if required, can advocate on their behalf at meetings or appointments.

Our mentoring services include:

  • One-to-one young-person-centred mentoring for 18-25 year-old care leavers.
  • Working with mentees to build self-confidence, resilience, independence and life skills.
  • Supporting mentees to work towards their own goals.
  • Access to drop-in peer support sessions and access to a Freephone helpline.
  • Working with local authorities and partnership agencies to signpost and enable young people to engage with appropriate services.
  • A level of independence to achieve better outcomes for care leavers.

If you would like to refer a young person to the Mentoring service, please make a referral via their PA.

Help us spread the word!

We really want to get the word out that we are providing the Advocacy, IV and Mentoring service to young people in Bristol and encourage you and your teams to spread the word out to the young People you work with!