Unit 309: Providing Independent Advocacy to Children and Young People - Advocacy Training

Supports learners to develop the skills and knowledge required to provide Independent Advocacy to children and young people who are: in need, looked after by the local authority, involved in family group or child protection conferences, in the secure estate, disabled, in education, receiving mental health support.

Distance and classroom learning pathways.

Friendly tutor, listened and answered all questions in detail.

Unit 309 Course, delivered by Harriet

This was all new to me but I have learnt lots. Tutor was very knowledgeable and responsive to questions raised

C&G QIA Unit 309 Course, delivered by Val

I was very impressed by your attention to the process of learning and the detailed guidance and support that you give

Feedback Post Visit by City & Guilds External Quality Assurer (EQA), May 2018

There were lots of interesting handouts on the relevant Acts & Laws.

Unit 309 Course, delivered by Harriet

Complete this unit if you are already providing advocacy to children and young people and wish to gain a recognised qualification or are interested in developing common core skills needed to effectively support children and young people.

There are seven learning outcomes for this unit:

  • Outcome 1: Be able to respond to requests for Independent Advocacy support for children and young people
  • Outcome 2: Be able to provide Independent Advocacy support for children and young people
  • Outcome 3: Be able to assist the child or young person to explore choices and potential consequences
  • Outcome 4: Be able to use UK, European and International legislation to promote children’s rights
  • Outcome 5: Be able to support children and young people in meetings
  • Outcome 6: Be able to engage with people and services
  • Outcome 7: Be able to work within child protection systems
Please note: The City & Guilds Unit 309 is ‘competency-based’ i.e. assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence to meet the learning outcomes. You therefore must be working as a Children and Young People’s advocate to draw from your current practice for your portfolio of evidence. The qualification is suitable for both new and experienced Children and Young People’s advocates.

See our Award Information Pack for further information.


*10% discount on all City & Guilds Level 3 courses when booking 2+ learners on the accredited route*

Individual Units can be taken as stand-alone accredited courses. These cost £590.00 per person per unit, all costs included.

The full QIA package, completing the four Core Units plus one of the Specialist Units is £1,500.00 per person.

*Prices of accredited pathways include distance or classroom learning, course materials, City & Guilds registration, 12 months assessor support, internal verification and City & Guilds certification

You can also attend the classroom training for continuing professional development, where no assessed work is required. This costs £120.00 per person per day.

  • You do not need to be working in independent advocacy to attend for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (an understanding of advocacy and its practice is assumed for the Specialist Units).

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If you would like to discuss in-house training options with us for an accredited one day course (or as part of the full QIA package), for groups of up to 20 attendees per day, please email info@advocacytraining.org.uk or get in touch via the Contact form and we will be happy to help.


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