Reconstruct UK

EMAIL

info@reconstruct.co.uk

phone

(0)800 0209 858

BeHeard is the provider for the Advocacy service for Gloucestershire young people.
This portal includes information on what you can expect from us as an organisation, including how to make a referral.

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A little bit about us

Reconstruct has been delivering Advocacy, Independent Visiting and Participation since 1990 to vulnerable children and young people.

Reconstruct are the providers of the BeHeard Advocacy service for Gloucestershire 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 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.

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 referral form on the link below, which is then sent automatically to the coordinator for Gloucestershire.

The downloadable referral form is only to be used if referring a sibling group. Please download and email to advocacy.gloucestershire@reconstruct.co.uk

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)

Please ensure invitations to meetings are sent well in advance to allow for an advocate to be allocated in good time and to enable the views and wishes of the child/young person to be collected. Should an advocate not be available due to delays in sending the referral, Reconstruct will not be held responsible for not unattendance. However, we will endeavour to support the child / young person by collecting their views retrospectively. 

Help us spread the word!

We really want to get the word out that we are providing the Advocacy Service to young people in Gloucestershire and encourage you and your teams to send these out to the young people, family and carers you work with:

Parents and Carers info sheet | LA Info sheet | CYP Info sheet | Parents and Carers leaflet | LA poster | CYP poster