A Children's Rights Officer is not a social worker.
Children's Rights Service
You can ask for help from the Children's Rights Service if you are a child in care or have been looked after by the Children and Family Services.
Children’s Rights Officer
Children’s Rights Officers work for this service and you can ask them to:
- help you understand your rights and make sure you’re being treated fairly
- give you information, help and advice
- attend meetings with you and speak on your behalf
- help you get legal advice
- advise you if you wish to make a complaint about the Children and Family Services or help you with something you’re unhappy with
- help stop things that shouldn’t be happening to you
- make sure you are listened to by your carers
You won’t get into trouble for contacting a Children's Rights Officer and they’ll keep the information you give them private and confidential.
A Children's Rights Officer won’t do anything if you don’t want them to - unless you or someone else is being hurt or may get hurt. In this situation, you’ll be told what’s going on.
You can get help from a Children’s Rights Officer by phone, in writing or by a visit. If you live in a Leicestershire children’s home, you can arrange to meet with an officer when they make their visit.