Being a Charter Champion

All organisations who have endorsed the Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care need Charter Champions for their sites. The champion acts as a contact and conduit for their organisation and an advocate for the Charter. They may be a youth worker, social worker, supervisor, manager or chief executive. What matters is that the Charter Champion is willing to be a leader on children’s rights. All Charter Champions will need to complete the Charter Champion Agreement.

A Charter Champion should:

- be a strong advocate for the rights of children

- have the time and skills to promote the Charter within their organisation

- have the support of other staff and management in carrying out their responsibilities as Charter Champion

A Charter Champion will:

- ensure Charter information is available and displayed in staff work areas

- ensure Charter information is visible and available in areas frequented by children and young people in care and that Charter resources are distributed appropriately

- assist and advise management and governing bodies to incorporate the Charter and its principles into the organisation’s policies and practice

- provide updates to the organisation’s staff and lead team discussions where necessary

- provide advice and guidance on the rights of children and young people in care

- liaise informally with our office to provide feedback on practical issues affecting the implementation of rights

- join wider discussions, as opportunities arise, about the effectiveness of the Charter and the promotion of children’s rights

- advise our office if they cease to be a Charter Champion and pass on information and ongoing tasks to a new champion.

We will provide the Charter Champion with:

- free information, advice, practical support and resources

- an opportunity to provide feedback about their thoughts, ideas and the challenges of being a Charter Champion

- updates on matters affecting children’s rights, the Charter and the work of our Office

- invitations to workshops or events about rights-related matters.