Advocacy

 

Our advocacy service has many years’ experience supporting survivors through the Criminal Justice Process (CJP) and other possible avenues of redress for the sexual abuse they have experienced as children, such as civil law actions and complaints procedures. We offer a free and dynamic service that strives to support clients’ individual needs. We will talk people through a process in easy to understand terms as a first step to help them decide on the best way forward for them.

We can support our clients in reporting offences and for example arrange initial meetings with the Police at our offices with the advocate present if the client wishes.

We can provide access and support in consulting with civil lawyers to explore alternative civil law actions which may be also possible.

“Advocacy is all about you, the client, being in control and ensuring your views and wishes are heard. We will move at a speed to suit you and will support you as long as possible.”

Advocacy is not acting as a lawyer, nor is it counselling or advising. Our trained advocates will work with individuals in a confidential setting, to provide a level of information and support which will empower and enable them to achieve the required outcomes.

Reliving an abusive experience within a legal process can be painful. Clients are also welcome to access our specialist trauma therapy for additional and more focused therapeutic support to run alongside the advocacy support if they wish.

 

What to do to access this service

If you have a query regarding this service, you can contact us via email at admin@oneinfour.org.uk or call 0208 697 2112. We will pass your contact details to our Advocacy Manager who will contact you at a time to suit you to discuss. This will be your opportunity to learn more about our service and for us to understand from you the action and outcomes you would like to achieve.

Appointments are always available to meet with one of our advocates at our South London office, but where it isn’t possible for a client to travel to that location, alternative methods of communication such as phone or email are easily, commonly and successfully used.

Click here for a useful handbook for survivors of child sexual abuse on the reporting process.